What is as difficult to secure as friendship?
And what greater security is there against foes?
Among wise men, freindship waxes like the crescent moon;
Among fools it wanes as surely as the full moon must.
The bonds that good men share, like good bound books,
Reveal new enjoyments at each new encounter.
The object of friendship is not merrymaking
But a stern rebuking when friends go astray.
It is not constant meeting and companionship
But mutual sensibilities that confer the alliance of friendship.
Friendship is not seen on a friendly face,
But felt deep within a friendly heart.
To divert a man from wrong, direct him toward the right
And share his sorrow in misfortune is friendship.
As swiftly as the hand moves to seize a slipping garment,
Friendship acts to assuage a friend's distress.
Where does Friendship hold her court? It is where friends
May find constant support in every possible circumstance.
To boast, "He means so much to me and I to him,"
Merely belittles a friendship.
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