By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
How do you identify a friend?
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 sentiment which leads 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
“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
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