7 Quotes About Friendship That You Must Share
Relationships with others are what help to give life meaning. We often find ourselves knowing exactly who we want to contact first to share great news with, because accomplishments just don't feel the same without someone who enhances your joy.
Humans have formed bonds since the beginning of time - here are seven quotes about friendship from past decades to share with others.
1) A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you ― Elbert Hubbard
Nobody is perfect. We all have flaws, secrets, shortcomings, or less-than-desirable personality traits every once in awhile. But not only does a true friend tolerate them, they accept them, as part of you. Because it's who you are at your core that matters, and friendship is about recognizing that light within someone and not letting small issues dim it.
2) The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for ― Bob Marley
People are unpredictable. Life changes without warning. Great things happen to bring us together, but negative things can also happen which tear us apart. Many times, these things happen simply out of circumstance and fault cannot necessarily be placed. Regardless, though, it doesn't negate the value of building the emotional bonds of friendship with someone else. The good times are what make the bad times bearable, and the bad times are what make us appreciate the good times even more.
3) Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything ― Muhammad Ali
As important as friendships and human relationships are in life [perhaps the most important thing], there is no school curriculum on how to be a good friend. We must learn it from experience, but when we do - we can easily see why it plays such an important role in our lives. Without the ability to truly develop these relationships, many other areas of our life will be sorely lacking.
4) A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face ― Maya Angelou
Every friend, best friend, or significant other - was once a stranger. An anonymous face in the crowd. Perhaps someone you passed in the hall for years, but never talked to or knew anything about. That person could someday become the one who is closest to you...you just don't know it yet. What a tragedy it is to not be open to forming new connections with 'strangers,' when they one day may become so much more...
5) You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you ― Dale Carnegie
The ironic part about people who spend their time trying to keep the focus on themselves in order to gain an advantage, have their skills noticed, or perhaps attract a potential romantic partner is...they usually do the exact opposite. Selfishness for the sake of advancement very often impedes the very advancement being striven for. To truly build connections with others, we must pay attention to a certain ratio: The fact that we have two ears and just one mouth, and therefore should listen twice as much as we speak.
6) Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his ― Benjamin Franklin
Nobody likes to openly admit their own faults or flaws. Furthermore, people don't like to tell their friends about their faults or flaws either. It can make for awkward conversation and perhaps even damage the relationship. However, true friendship will be open to unfiltered honesty, and a true friend will be able to give it. Though even more of a statement than not comforting you with something untrue, is a person's willingness to be vulnerable and discuss their own shortcomings with you, as well.
7) Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too ― Thomas Fuller
To get respect from others, we first must have it for ourselves. People do not gravitate towards someone who is always self-deprecating or has no confidence. The most important friendship you will ever have is with yourself. If that one isn't healthy, none of your others will be.
Our friends help us grow through life. They help us develop. They give us new views and perspectives on the world. They enhance the good times and take the sting out of the bad times. They are the people who make life meaningful, and should never be taken for granted.
As we get older, we begin to understand that it is less important to have a lot of friends, and more important to have genuine ones. If you are fortunate enough to have close friends in your life, make sure you don't miss any chances to let them know how much they are appreciated, wasted time is something you can never get back.
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.