When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means 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.” – Henri Nouwen
I used to want to fix people, but now just want to be with them. – Bob Goff, Love Does
Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV)
A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
– Arnold H. Glasow
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
Proverbs 18:24 (NRSV)
Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.
The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
– Giotto di Bondone
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.
– Samuel Johnston
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. – C. S. Lewis
John 15:15 (NRSV)
Jesus said, “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.”
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