A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is amazing how you can surround yourself with so many people you can call friends, and yet actually only have one or two real ones.
~Jerry Grant Blakeney
If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend.
~"Still Remains", a song by Stone Temple Pilots
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.
~Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
~Henri Nouwen, "Out of Solitude"