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So I am addicted to quotes. I've been wandering around QuoteGarden and similar sites recently, and I keep finding things that say "A true friend is..." 
  • A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
  • A true friend knows that it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight
  • A true friend  is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
  • A true friend is hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
  • A true friend comes and never leaves your side.
  • A true friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have...
  • A true friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. 
  • A true friend is the one who, if you jumped off a bridge, would not jump off with you, but would be at the bottom waiting to catch you.
  • A true friend holds your hand when all anyone else wants to do is shake it. 
  • A true friend is one you can afford to be stupid with. 
  • A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart
  • A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably
  • A true friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute.
  • A true friend forces you to examine, encourages you to grow. 
  • A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
  • A true friend can be your world.
  • One true friend is the antidote for 50,000 enemies
  • A true friend is the nicest things you can have, and  the best things you can be.
  • A true friend will tell you when your face is dirty.
  • A true friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.
  • A true friend is cheaper than therapy.
  • True friends can grow separately without growing apart.
  • A true friend is the part of the human race with which you can afford to be human.
  • True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
  • A true friend, when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
  • True friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.
  • A true friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.
  • Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of true friendship.
  • A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.
  • A true friend is better than everything but heaven itself.
  • A true friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.
  • A true friend stabs you in the front (Oscar Wilde)
  • A true friend is a sheltering tree.
  • A true friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
  • A true friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
  • A true friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should.
  • A true friend seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.
  • A true friend is a relative you make for yourself. 
  • A true friend should be held onto with both hands.
  • True friendship is one mind in two bodies.
  • True friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
  • The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses. 
  • In a true friend, you may find a second self. 
  • A true friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  Before him I may think aloud.  I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.
That last is by Emerson, and is therefore flowery. 

Does anyone know any others? Disagree with one? Wish to proclaim a truth in the streets? The point here is to promote discussion. 

Have at. 

Love Always Protects, 



  1. True Friendship includes the willingness to cause the other pain for the sake of his/her future. If you truly care for and love someone, you will risk your relationship to help them, even if it means ultimate honesty.

  2. I suppose I should respond to this and "promote discussion".

    ::nod:: I agree. I remember a quote from somewhere or other... "The hardest part about being lied to is knowing that you weren't worth the truth."
    A true friend is worth the truth, deserves the truth, even if it is painful.


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