"My friends are my estate."
Despite being a virtual recluse, Emily Dickinson understood the importance of friendship. This quote says it all for me. No matter what you acquire in life, nothing makes you feel more privileged than a strong friendship.
"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
Doesn't this quote just sum up the beauty of friendship? So often we think of needing friends during times of stress, but Twain reminds us that having someone to share your happy times is even more special.
"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
Friendships, like anything worth having in life, take work. It doesn't mean the effort will be difficult or tedious, but it does mean that you'll need to nurture your friendship in order to maintain it. That's what this quote from Kahil Gibran means to me, that once you "sign on" to be someone's friend, you become an active participant in making your friendship strong and healthy.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.”
The world is so interconnected. We are all a part of each other's lives, more than we probably even realize. This quote reminds me that friends need to support and help each other. It's that simple.
“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
If you've been dumped or hurt by love (and who hasn't?) there is nothing like a kind word from your friends. Your pals will help get you out of the house, on with your life, and wondering why you were pining after that guy or girl to begin with. They help keep you focused on what's really important in life, which is finding someone who appreciates you, just as you are.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud."
One of the benefits of having a solid friendship is simply being able to be yourself. With a true friend you don't have to worry about having your words misconstrued or your intentions misinterpreted. Your friend "gets" you, and understands where you are coming from. This quote also means something else to me, which is that you have to be honest with your friends. That doesn't mean you are brutally honest, or say things to hurt their feelings, but you do have to be that one person they know they can count on to get a straight answer.
"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."
One of the great things about friendship is that it opens you up to a whole new world. You get to hear different sides to an issue, experience new things, and learn about yourself in the process. It's great to have friends who share a lot in common with you, but sometimes it's nice to be with people who make you grow as well.
"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends."
So often we think exactly the opposite of what this quote says, which is probably why I like it. It makes you take pause, doesn't it? Friends are truly a blessing and we get them not from being perfect, but because we are so very lucky to find them.