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On Friendships

"Janie Appleseed," our own Eve, has prepared another garden for your friendships…please remember the that:

Cutting is prohibited but you are encouraged to dig up something to take with you for your own glorious grove of friends.

All we ask is that you mind it well and pass along the harvest it reaps.

If you are unable to find "just the right gift of words" for a friend, simply write to Eve at neatwomeninc@aol.com and she'll do her best to help you in your search!

"However deep our devotion may be to parents, or to children, it is our contemporaries alone with whom understanding is instinctive and entire." Vera Brittain

"True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway." Edna Buchanan

"Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Other have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything." Willa Cather

"Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends." Mary H. Catherwood

"Friendship's a noble name, 'tis love refined." Susannah Centlivre

"Parents are friends that life gives us; friends are parents that the heart chooses." Comtesse Diane

"The hearts that never lean, must fall." Emily Dickinson

"My friends are my estate." Emily Dickinson

"I felt it shelter to speak to you." Emily Dickinson

"It's the ones you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that matter." Marlene Dietrich

"In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life." Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both." Maria Edgeworth

"She found to her surprise that an old friend is not always the person whom it is easiest to make a confidant of: there was the barrier of remembered communication under other circumstances—there was the dislike of being pitied and informed by one who had been long wont to allow her the superiority." George Eliot

"Prosperity provideth, but adversity proveth friends." Queen Elizabeth I

"A friend in need is a friend indeed." Susan Ferier

"In a world more and more polluted by the lying of politicians and the illusions of the media, I occasionally crave to hear and tell the truth….Friendship is by its very nature freer of deceit than any other relationship we can know because it is the bond least affected by strive for power, physical pleasure, or material profit, most liberated from any oath of duty or of constancy." Francine du Plessix Gray

"I have come to esteem history as a component of friendships. In my case at least friendships are not igneous but sedimentary." Jane Howard

"It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it." Zora Neale Hurston

"Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of." Sarah Orne Jewett

"None but the unhappy are worthy of friends; if your soul has never suffered never could you have entered mine." Julie de Lespinasse

"Life without a friend is death without a witness." Rose Macaulay

"I always feel that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing." Katherine Mansfield

"Funny, you don't look like a friend—ah, but they never do." Grace Metalious

"Friendship is the bread of the heart." Mary Russell Mitford

"She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order." Toni Morrison

"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

"Friends make good furniture and easy windows." Constance Nivelle

"Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds, which hardly any later friend can obtain." Mary Shelley

"There are people whom one loves immediately and for ever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough." Nancy Spain

"There's no friend like someone who has known you since you were five." Anne Stevenson

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who 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." Edith Wharton



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