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Assumptions are the termites of relationships. -- Henry Winkler

If you want people to judge you, judge them. If not, judge not. -- Bill Purdin

Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend. -- Alexander Pope
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. -- Aesop

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
-- Colette

It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us. -- Norman Maclean

My friend is one... who takes me for what I am. -- Henry David Thoreau

There is only one real deprivation, I decided this morning, and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most. -- May Sarton

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. -- Frank Tyger

Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love. -- Wally Lamb

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. -- William Arthur Ward
When you don't share your problems, you resent hearing the problems of other people.
--Chuck Palahniuk

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty... Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

If you want people to see you in your best ligh,t then you have to let your best light be seen. -- Bill Purdin

Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love. -- Wally Lamb

Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances. -- Jay Leno

Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too. -- Thomas Fuller

It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones.
-- Francoise Sagan

She is a friend of my mind ... The pieces I am, she gathers them and gives them back to me in all the right order. -- Toni Morrison
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
-- Jane Austen

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
-- Carrie Fisher

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. -- William Arthur Ward
And say my glory was I had such friends. -- William Butler Yeats
The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust. -- Henry L. Stimson
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
-- Mark Twain

There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream - whatever that dream might be.
-- Pearl Buck

True friendship is never serene. -- Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Write in the sand the flaws of your friend. -- Pythagoras

The only gift is a portion of yourself. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is blind; friendship tries not to notice. -- Otto Von Bismark

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. -- Aristotle
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed. -- Seneca

The best mirror is an old friend. -- Proverb

A person who seeks help for a friend, while needy himself, will be answered first.
-- The Talmud

Friendship without self interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life.
-- James Francis Byrnes

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same. -- Anonymous

Your friends love you anyway. --Dave Barry

Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.
-- George MacDonald

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. -- George Washington

Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware. -- David Armistead, Swimming Coach at Arizona State University and a management consultant.

Your friend will argue with you. -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Los secretos ni oirlos ni decirlos. (Don't listen to secrets - and don't tell them.)
-- Spanish proverb

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. -- Kahlil Gibran
In choosing a friend, go up a step. -- Jewish Proverb
Write down the advise of him who loves you, though you like it not at the present
-- English Proverb

The only rose without thorns is friendship. -- Madeleine de Scudery
A friend in need is a friend indeed. -- English Proverb
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.
-- Ben Jonson

A friend to all is a friend to none. -- Aristotle

I can forgive, but I cannot forget is only another was of saying, I cannot forgive.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

The best mirror is an old friend. -- George Herbert

Who ceases to be a friend, never was one. -- Anonymous

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. -- Albert Schweitzer

Friendship is the only thing in this world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. -- Cicero

A true friend never gets in your way--unless you happen to be going down.
-- Anonymous

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. -- Kimberly Johnson

Thy face is mine eye, and mine is thine. -- John Donne

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say commonplace things but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the centerlight pop and everybody goes "AWWWW!!! -- Jack Kerouac (This quote courtesy of Steve Podielsky.)

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? -- Abraham Lincoln

The longer you carry a grudge the heavier it gets. -- anonymous

To err is human; to forgive, divine. -- Alexander Pope

A woman is, for man, the best of true friends, if man will let her be one.
-- Olgivanna Wright

Friendship is a pleasing game of interchanging praise. -- Olver Wendall Holmes, Jr.

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be truly human.
-- George Santayana

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. -- Walter Winchell

And, of all the things upon earth, I hold that a faithful friend is the best.
-- Edward Bulwer Lytton

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up.
-- Mark Twain

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
-- Richard Moss

Once you pledge, don't hedge.
-- Nikita Khrushchev

The ABC's Of Friendship.

lways be honest.
Be there when they need you.
Cheer them on.
Don't look for their faults.
Every chance you get, call!
Forgive them.
Get together often.
Have faith in them.
Include them.
Just listen.
Know their dreams.
Love them unconditionally.
Make them feel special.
Never forget them.
Offer to help.
Praise them honestly.
Quietly disagree.
Rescue them often.
Say you're sorry.
Talk frequently.
Use good judgement.
Vote for them!
Wish them good luck!
X-ray yourself first.
Your word counts.
Zip your mouth when told a secret.

You will never be sorry.

-- Robyn Freedman Spizman

The key to success is letting the relationships in your life grow to the highest levels they possibly can... not putting yourself first in life and remembering
that the more you give away, the more you have.
-- Christopher Reeve, actor

An Irish Blessing

May your neighbor respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
-- Socrates

Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others. -- David Seabury

Light is the task where many share the toil. -- Homer

One can bear grief, but it takes two to be glad. -- Elbert Hubbard

Be careful of the words you speak,
Make them soft and sweet.
You never know from day to day
Which ones you'll have to eat. -- Anonymous

Quarrel with a friend -- and you are both wrong. -- Lao-Tzu

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
-- Anonymous

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. -- Robert Frost

No one can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody. -- Anonymous

The more he does for others
The happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
The wealthier he is.
-- Tao Te Ching

Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. -- Aristotle

Never close your ears to those to whom you've opened your heart.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The remarkable thing is that we really do love our neighbors as ourselves; we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate oursleves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. It is not love of self but hatred of self which is at the root of the troubles that afflict our world. -- Eric Hoffer

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