Sunday, March 30, 2008

Thoughts on Friendship

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. Ecclesiastes 9:10

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.~~Arabian Proverb

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.~~Chinese Proverb

Similarities create friendships while differences hold them together.~~Unknown

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.~~Samuel Johnson

Friendships are fragile things, and require as much handling as any other fragile and precious thing.~~Randolph S. Bourne

If a friend makes a mistake, don't rub it in... rub it out.~~Unknown

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.~~William Shakespeare

Friendship, of course, is not a one way street. It is the give and take of support, sympathy, encouragement, love, laughter, and tears. It is a terrifying drive to the hospital in an emergency. It's a surprise anniversary party. It's a leisurely afternoon meal at a new restaurant. It's an encouraging word in the face of depression. Most of all, it's simply being there.~~Anny Cook

Please check out Amarinda's Place and Kelly's Blog for words of wisdom. Blessings on your day!


  1. Hmmm...what an interesting blog to have all of a sudden. Worrying abotu friends are we?

  2. These are some of my favorite observations about friendship.

  3. A friend is also someone you can see sporadically yet pick up where you left off no matter how long its been.

  4. Similarities create friendships while differences hold them together.~~Unknown

    I like that one. Thanks for the reminder Anny. And thanks for being a friend.

  5. LOL I like the Chinese proverb about not using a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. Definitely a way to kill a friendship.

    You have such great posts, Anny.