What is a friend?


By David Joel Miller

How do you identify a friend?

Friends

Friends.
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Friend, according to the Century Dictionary of 1889 is:

One who is attached to another by feelings of personal regard and preference.

One who entertains for another sentiments which lead him to seek their company and study to promote their welfare.

One not hostile, an ally.

One who is favorable.

Encarta says a friend is:

Someone with whom you are emotionally close

Someone who trusts and is fond of another

Somebody who thinks well of or is on good terms with somebody else

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .””
― C.S. LewisThe Four Loves

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”
― Marlene Dietrich

Quotes from Goodreads

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