Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening:
The Art of Spiritual Direction
One of the greatest human longings is to be close to someone.
Kathleen R. Fischer and Thomas N. Hart,
Promises to Keep
All love that has not friendship for its base,/Is like a mansion built upon the sand.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Upon the Sand
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Shall I not call God the Beautiful, who daily showeth himself so to me in his gifts?. … My friends have come to me unsought. The great God gave them to me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friends," in Emerson's Essays
Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst. … For what more sublime can be said of friendship, what more true, what more profitable, than that it ought to, and is proved to, begin in Christ, continue in Christ, and be perfected in Christ?
Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship
The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson
Try to avoid making mistakes in friendship and we will have no friends at all.
Gilbert C. Meilaender, Friendship:
A Study in Theological Ethics
A friendship which can cease to be was never true friendship.
Jerome, Letters, 3:6
It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims
The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay.
Samuel Johnson, "Essays from the
'Rambler,' 'Adventurer,' and 'Idler'"
Do not abandon old friends, for new ones cannot equal them. A new friend is like new wine; when ...1
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