In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
Friends are family you choose for yourself.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
~Henry David Thoreau
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
A friend is the only person you will let into the house when you are Turning Out Drawers.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship.
A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
~Dave Tyson Gentry
You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
~Laurence J. Peter
Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.
A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Are we not like two volumes of one book?
I felt it shelter to speak to you.
There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
~Flavia Weedn, Forever, © Flavia.com
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
~Henry David Thoreau
A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
~Frances Ward Weller
We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade.
~Caroline Sheridan Norton
Friends can be said to "fall in like" with as profound a thud as romantic partners fall in love.
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.
~Toni Morrison, Beloved
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson