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On Friendship

1. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity – Khalil Gibran 2. With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests – Gandhi 3. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond – Rumi 4. When you see yourself in others, it is impossible to hurt anyone – Buddha 5. Nothing but good comes to him who loves others as he loves himself – Tao Te Ching 6. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage – Lao Tzu 7. Love your neighbor as yourself – Jesus 8. There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you – Paramahansa Yogananda 9. Recognizing what brings pleasure and pain to oneself, the true yogi treats others accordingly. Thus, he desires happiness for everyone, sorrow for no one – The Bhagavad Gita 10. I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends ― Dalai Lama -

On Friendship Kahlil Gibran Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace. When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay." And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain. And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught. And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.