True friends are rare. Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel!
Here is a checklist that tells the difference between a Simple friend and a Real Friend
A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help u clean.
A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you HAVE an argument.
A real friend knows that it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
Now some quotables about FRIENDS and friendship followed by a Special Friendship System
"The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had. " -Unknown
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." -- Anais Nin
"We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend" -- Robert Lewis Stevenson
"True friends are those who lift you up when your heart's wings forget how to fly." -Unknown
"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." -Albert Schweitzer
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." -unknown
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same." –Unknown
"Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honouring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities. " -James L. Fredericks
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow, Don't walk behind me, I may not lead, Just walk beside me and be my friend." -unknown
"Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it."--Cicero Mood
"You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can easily offend one in an hour." -- Chinese Proverb
"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow."-- Alice Walker
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."' -- Winnie the Pooh
"A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway." -- Christi Mary Warner
"A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself." -- Frances Ward Weller
"To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed ~ That can make life a garden." -Goethe
"Silence is the true friend that never betrays." -Confucious
"True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost." --- Charles Caleb Colton
"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend." -- Henry David Thoreau
"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can by trying to get other people interested in you." -- Dale Carnegie
"In times of prosperity friends will be plenty; in time of adversity not one in twenty." -- English Proverb
"My best friend is the one that brings out the best in me." -- Henry Ford
"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." -- E. M. Forster
"Life without a friend is death without a witness." -- Spanish Proverb
"Find the one that makes your heart smile. "~Unknown
"Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel it hurts you, it will probably hurt the other person, too." ~Unknown
"Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families." -- Unknown
"Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes." -unknown
(Needs an explanation: friendship closes its eyes by choice, at its own discretion and opens when it is required)
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine." -Thomas Jefferson
"An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship." -Spanish Proverb
"Friends are born, not made." -Henry Adams
"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The only rose without a thorn is friendship." -Unknown
"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life." -Lee Iacocca
"Hold a true friend with both your hands." -Nigerian Proverb
"A friend is a gift you give yourself." -Robert Louis Stevenson
The following is a Special Friendship System
....... A Friend....
(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up ! ! on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust likes to be with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(P)rays for you
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains thing you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality
PASS IT ON TO EVERYONE YOU CONSIDER A FRIEND OR WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AS A FRIEND !!!!