Friendship Quotes, Meaning, and Trivia

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What is friendship?

Friendship is different things to different people. To me a friendship involves trust, communication, understanding, loyalty, support, empathy, and intimacy. A true friend is someone you can trust, tell secrets to knowing they will take those secrets to the death, relax and be yourself with, and know so well that their faults are no longer thought of as faults just as idiosyncrasies.

So how do you build a friendship such as this? You begin by sharing a bit of yourself. A private thought or feeling will do. If the person what to be a friend they will share back. If they don't, move on, there are many, many people out there that would love to be your friend. Make sure you pay attention when the other person is sharing. You need to be there not only physically but you need to make contact, and focus on what the person is saying.

As you become closer you will find there is more talking and sharing. Remember whatever you two discuss needs to stay between the two of you. This is the way you build up trust. You cannot have a friendship without being able to trust the other person to keep your secrets. The base of friendship is trust and loyalty.

Keep in mind that a friendship does not happen overnight. Not the true, lasting, lifelong type of friendship. It takes time to build the intimancy, trust, loyalty, and special communication that makes up this special type of friendship. I have heard that to build a true lasting friendship it takes at the very least three years. It seems to me that's pretty accurate.

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How do I know this?

I have a friend, let's call her Peggy, that I have been friends with for more years than I want to admit. We were inseperable, and our children formed strong bonds of friendship that have also lasted through all these years. Anyway, she and I both were going through divorces and I ended up moving a few hundred miles away. Because of everything going on in both of our lives we lost touch.

To lose this friendship, or, as I like to think of it, misplace this friendship was a terrible shame. For many years we were each others support system. No matter what was happening we both knew the other would be there for the other. I can't tell you how hard it is to lose or misplace a friendship like this.

A couple of years go by, I get married, she moves out of the area, and we no longer know where each other is. Along comes Facebook. Facebook is a wonderful thing. It helps you become reaquainted with friends and relatives that you haven't seen or heard from in years. For us, in the beginning, it really didn't help. The last names were not the same and it's hard to find someone when you don't know their new last name. It was our children that found each other and untimately led us to each other. Both of us were overjoyed. We wrote back and forth, sent phone numbers and ended up on the phone for hours. It was like there was no passage of time between the last conversation and this one 17 years later. I am happy to say this is most definitely a lifetime friendship. If you can pick up the phone and speak to someone after a period of time such as 17 years and talk as though you just talked to them yesterday, this is a true friendship.

This is a type of friendship I wish for everyone. To have a friend that you can instintively trust, one that will always be there, someone who understands you and that you understand, well, that's a little slice of heaven.


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Friendship Quotes and Sayings

  • Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. - Cicero
  • We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • A friend is more grounding than an anchor or rope. He can make you safe, secure and fill your heart with hope. - Friendship thoughts
  • Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. - Cindy Lew
  • It is notwhat you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship. - Mary Dixon Thayer
  • There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him. At these moments something fine ande spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living. - Don Marguis
  • A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely. - Pam Brown
  • Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. - Aristotle
  • Friendship is not measured on how long you've been together; not on how much you've given or received; not on how many times you've helped each other. It is on how you value one another. - Friendship thoughts

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Friendship Facts

  • February is International Friendship Month.
  • Having friends helps you live longer.
  • Winnie - the - Pooh was named as the world's Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations in 1997.
  • If your best friend eats healthy you have better than a 5 to 1 change of eating healthy.
  • Friendship bracelets, cards, and gifts have become a poplular way to celebrate friendship day.
  • It is thought that it is the friendship paret of the marriage that makes a marriage last.
  • National Friendship day is celebrated on the first Sunday in August in the U.S.
  • People with strong friendships and support recover quicker from a serious illness
  • The third Sunday in Septembe is Women's Friendship Day.
  • Best Friends Day is June 23.
  • If you have a good friend at work you are 7 times more likely to enjoy your job.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very nice hub! I had a best friend in high school. We lost touch for over 20 odd years. We have since picked up the friendship and it is a wonderful feeling to know that friendships can last over time. We have not seen each other in 30 years but we still are good friends.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

What a great and uplifting hub. So glad you and your buddy are back in contact. These friendships like you have with Peggy are one of the best things in life. There is nothing like a good friend who listens and understands you. Loved the quotes too. Thanks for the lovely story.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Just Ask Susan, it is a wonderful feeling. I love the fact that you can just pick up where you left off. Some friendships are just meant to be.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

How true Minnetonka Twin. Old friends are the most treasured for some of us because of the history and the trust that has been built up over time.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Friendship is something that seems to exist separate from opinions on religion, politics and such. I have a friend i've known since high school--which is long ago. We do not agree on religion. His politics are almost opposite of mine. His occupation is quite different. Yet he is a person I can rely on more I can anyone else I know.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

I agree dahoglund, just because you are friends doesn't mean you have to share the same mind. It's often a better friendship if you have different opinions. It's certainly more interesting.


marellen 5 years ago

KKG....Love the hub and like you thank goodness for FB. It has brought me face to face with so many people I lost touch with and its a great way to make sure we keep in touch too.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

marellen, I have found that I hear several times a week from my daughters and their friends on facebook. It can be a wonderful thing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Friendships are so important in life. I really enjoyed reading your hub with all the neat facts. Rated up and awesome.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Pamela, what would we do without our friends? Thanks for reading and the rating.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a beautiful hub and wonderful story. There is a lot of criticism going on about social networking sites, but when you realise how they can help people to find each other again, then they are worth their weight in gold. Loved this hub. Voted up + beautiful.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

To have a best friend is so special and as you say it takes a while creating that special feeling. I have a friend since 25 years and it is marvellous to have gone through so much together and shared each others joy and sorrow! As always, a wonderful hub! Voted up/awesome. Tina


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Seeker7, I've run across the criticism about the social networking sites and I do have to say some of the things they say are true. The trick is to use them with responsibility. Thanks for reading and the rating.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

thoughtforce, it is a marvelous feeling to have such a friend. When you lose them (or misplaced them temporarily) it's like losing a part of yourself. Thanks.


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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

Friendships are one of life's most rewarding blessings, and I'm so glad you were able to reconnect with your life-long friend. I know many people have issues with Facebook, but it truly can be a blessing in situations such as yours.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

KKG,

I so very much enjoyed this piece. I have a best friend since we were in kindergarten. Many decades have passed and we are still there for each other. I have been blessed. Thank you for this great read.

Sharyn


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

awesomely beautiful hub! i totally agree with the part of having a successful marriage, means to have a great friendship with your partner. voted up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dearabbysmom, so am I. I know people have issues with facebook, but, if it's used right it can be a wonderful thing. I can bring back friends from days gone by.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sharyn, there's nothing like an old friend. One who has been there through the good and the bad times. We are so lucky to have one.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you, kittythedreamer. My husband and I were friends first. I do think friendship is an important part of any relationship. Thanks for the rating.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

KKG, I am 53 and I can count the true friends I have on one hand.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Granny, then you know what I mean by a true fried. You can have many acquaintances and casual friends through out your life but you have very small select group of true friends.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

KoffeKlatch, thanks for sharing your personal experience and these awesome quotes. Glad you have found a way to reconnect with your friend. I really believe all my friends have made my life richer and more meaningful than it could have been without them. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Om, friends ae part of what makes life worthwhile.


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sunchild28 5 years ago from Nigeria

I am a living witness on the goodness and impact of friendship,brilliant hub.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks you sunchild28. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

Reading this is a good way to feel better. Thanks.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Suzy Duzy, you have made my day. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

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