It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go to him and stab him with words; but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of sin upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving wordsthat is friendship. But few have such friends. Our enemies usually teach us what we are, at the point of the sword. Henry Ward Beecher.Life Thoughts.
The place where two friends first met is sacred to them all through their friendshipall the more sacred as their friendship deepens and grows old. Phillips Brooks.Sermons: The Young and Old Christian.
Our friends should be our incentives to Right, but not only our guiding, but our prophetic stars. To love by right is much, to love by faith is more; both are the entire love, without which heart, mind, and soul cannot be alike satisfied. We love and ought to love one another, not merely for the absolute worth of each, but on account of a mutual fitness of temporary character. Margaret Fuller Ossoli.Finding a Friend, Chap. V.
Suns or showers May come between us; silence may part; The rushing world know not, nor care to know; Yet back and forth the flashing secrets go, Whose sacred, only sésame is,ours! Margaret J. Preston.Sonnet: Ours.
Once let friendship be given that is born of God, nor time nor circumstance can change it to a lessening; it must be mutual growth, increasing trust, widening faith, enduring patience, forgiving love, unselfish ambition, and an affection built before the Throne, that will bear the test of time and trial. Allan Throckmorton.Of Friendship.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. George Washington.Social Maxims: Friendship.