Quotes: On Friendship

from http://www.sodahead.com

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

“Life’s not about the people who act true to your face; it’s about the people who remain true behind your back.” –antiSerphres

 “That’s what friends are for — they help you to be more of who you are.” –Christopher Robin

“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it, one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.”
–Blaise Pascal

“A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

“The people who are meant to walk BESIDE you will not be intimidated or threatened by the power INSIDE you.”

“I wish people would count the number of times you were there for them, not the instances when you weren’t.”
–Sharwina Gonzales

“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” -Arnold Glasow

“A true friend inspires you and doesn’t care what others say about you.”
– Deepak Chopra

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you need is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“A friend to all is a friend to none.”
-Aristotle

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.”
-Samuel Johnston

“Be careful who you open up to. Only a few people actually care, the rest are just curious.”

“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well, wishes it for my sake.”
-Aristotle

“The greatest test of friendship is to take a vacation together and still like each other when you return.”

“In this world, you don’t need a multitude of friends. All you really need is one who will stand by you through thick and thin.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“A best friend is someone who loves you when you forget to love yourself.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“A single hand that wipes tears during failures is much better than countless hands that come together to clap on success.”

“A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.”
-Russian Proverb

What is a Friend?

Some stories from the book Thinking Trees and Laughing Cats (A Thinking Curriculum for Pre-School Education), a book published by the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC). These stories are meant to be introduction stories for a philosophical discussion with children (and adults, too!). I spent two weeks in New Jersey, USA just inhaling and exhaling the philosophies of Philosophy for Children (how redundant). This is one of the books I really liked. Enjoy 🙂

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STORY: PICTURE OF A FRIEND

One day, the teacher asked the children to draw pictures of their friends.  The next day they were showing their pictures to the class.  There were picture of boys and girls from the class.  Some pictures were really nice.

Now it was Elfie’s turn to show her picture.  Her picture was different from the others.  It was a picture of a pine-tree.  Some kids started laughing.  Elfie said, “My father planted this pine-tree near our house when I was born.  We are growing together.  And we are good friends.”

 Everyone was silent.  The children were looking at the picture and thinking.

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STORY: THE FROG IS MY FRIEND

One day, Robin showed Sara a small green frog in his hand.  Robin said to Sara, “This frog is my friend.”

 Sara asked, “Why is this frog your friend?”

 Robin thought a bit, then said, “Well, I played with this frog today.  We hopped on the rock together.  I think if we play together, we are friends—aren’t we?”

 “I’m not sure,” Sara answered.  “I played with a ball today.  Does that mean the ball is my friend?”

 Robin laughed and said, “How could a ball be your friend?  Balls aren’t alive!”

Sara said, “Do you think only living things can be friends?”

 This made Robin stop and think.  And after he thought, he said, “Yes, I think so.  A thing can’t be your friend if it isn’t alive.  Can it?”

 Sara didn’t answer right away.  She looked down at the small green frog.  She petted it gently.

 “Well?” Robin said.  Sara looked up at him.  “I was just thinking about my doll, Harper,” she said.

Click this to view the whole book (with exercises)