Friendship

 

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

Rumi

People we meet mirror us. They are our teachers. They show us who we are and who we can become. People can guide us and inspire us. They can trigger new insights and revelations. In the company of others, we find our Selves.

Annie Zalezsak

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.

Dumas The Younger

You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American Author and Speaker

We do not make friends, we recognize them.

G Henrichs

I love my friends neither with
my heart nor with my mind.
Just in case heart might stop, mind can forget.
I love them with my soul.
Soul never stops or forgets.

Rumi

In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the soul friend. In the early Celtic Church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. Anam cara was originally someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara, you could share your innermost self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the ‘friend of your soul’.

John O’Donohue in Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World, p35

A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.

John O’Donohue in Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World, p41

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Aristotle

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 healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Abraham Lincoln

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

It is the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.

Marlene Dietrich

Next, take a look at the quality of the people who surround you. Do these people back you emotionally, or not? If they don’t back you, are they at least passive? If not, get rid of them. Sometimes it is hard to drop off your mates at the great bus stop of life. But remember, your energy will only rise in direct relationship to the number of things you are able to get rid of - not to the things you acquire. By getting rid of things, attitudes, encumbrances, and blocks of one kind or another, things fly.

from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde

You could tell him just a few things, and he understood the things you did not say.

Thich Nhat Hanh said of his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr

A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view.

Wilma Askinas (1926-  ) American author

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish dramatist and poet

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.

Arnold H Glasow

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The anam cara was a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p16), by John O’Donohue

A friend is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p41), by John O’Donohue

Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved. Friendship is always an act of recognition. This metaphor of friendship can be grounded in the clay nature of the human body. When you find the person you love, an act of ancient recognition brings you together. It is as if millions of years before the silence of nature broke, his or her clay and your clay lay side by side. Then, in the turning of the seasons, your one clay divided and separated. You began to rise as distinct clay forms, each housing a different individuality and destiny. Without even knowing it, your secret memory mourned your loss of each other. While your clay selves wandered for thousands of years through the universe, your longing for each other never faded. This metaphor helps to explain how in the moment of friendship two souls suddenly recognize each other. It could be a meeting on the street, or at a party, a lecture or just a simple, banal introduction, then, suddenly there is the flash of recognition and the embers of kinship glow. There is an awakening between you, a sense of ancient knowing. Love opens the door of ancient recognition. You enter. You come home to each other at last. As Euripedes says, ‘Two friends, one soul.’

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p45-46), by John O’Donohue

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Unknown

We're all just walking each other home

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