Monday, October 17, 2005

Grand Thoughts

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends
John 15:13

All grand thoughts come from the heart.

There is a destiny that makes us brothers. None goes his way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others. Comes back into our own.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Are like our shadow, keeping close to us when we walk in the sunshine,
but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

Is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound,
But the loss cannot be repaired.

Is, strictly speaking, reciprocal benevolence,
which inclines each party to be solicitous
for the welfare of the other as for his own.
This equality of affection is created and preserved
by a similarity of disposition and manners.

He who does kindness to an ungrateful person,
sets his seal to a flint and sows his seed upon sand;
on the former he makes no impression,
and from the latter finds no product.

The friend who holds up before me the mirror,
conceals not my smallest faults,
warns me kindly, reproves me affectionately,
when I have not performed my duty,
he is my friend, however little he may appear so.
Again, if a man flattering praises and lauds me,
never reproves me, overlooks my faults,
and forgives them before I have repented,
he is my enemy, however much he may appear my friend

Labor and trouble one can always get through alone,
but it takes two to be glad.

God is positive. Evil is merely primitive, not absolute.
It is like cold, which is the privation of heat.
All evil is so much death to nonentity.
Benevolence is absolute and real.
So much benevolence as a man hath,
so much life hath he; For all things proceed out of this same spirit,
which is differently named love, justice, temperance,
in its different applications,
just as the ocean receives different names on the several shores it washes.

Friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere
True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare

no man is useless while he has a friend
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Friends are like rainbows
words cannot explain the true beauty of them.
~Rachel Quinn


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