Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: Friendship…Japan or New Jersey…It’s Not The Where, It’s the Who!

Old Friends

“The friendship that can cease has never been real.” –St. Jerome

How long have you known your best friend?

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” –Henry Ford

I’ve know my best friend for 62 years.  We lived in the same apartment house when we were toddlers and, although she moved “across the water” from New York City to New Jersey when we were in the second grade, we have continued that special friendship through snail mail, phone conversations, email and occasional visits.

“It is not so much our friend’s help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help.” – Epicurus, Greek philosopher

“Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” – Aristotle

“The bird a nest… the spider a web…. man friendship.” William Blake

The above three quotations give us a good idea of why we even need friends.  They are our support in times of trouble and our companions in times of joy.

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” –Woodrow Wilson

With the recent tragic events in Japan, there has been an outpouring of news coverage and blog posts expressing concern and offering help to those affected.  I’ve been struck by how easily and quickly people can become friends during times of disaster…and equally amazed at how many of those friendships hold fast long after the tragedy happened.

Being a good friend does not always come naturally.  It is a skill that can be learned and it is an important one to teach young children.

So what advice would I give parents regarding teaching young children about friendship?

The following three quotations contain advice from wiser minds than mine.

Never injure a friend, even in jest.” – Cicero

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

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

Please stop by tomorrow for WHAT’S IN YOUR CHILD’S BOOKCASE WORDY WEDNESDAY.  I’ll be reviewing one of the 100 recommended titles in my book that highlights friendship.  If you visit my website, you can take advantage of the half-price sale AND enter to win a FREE Crafty Easter Basket, filled with craft supplies for your preschooler.

8 thoughts on “Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: Friendship…Japan or New Jersey…It’s Not The Where, It’s the Who!

  1. Excellent post Vivian and you are right. Friendship takes work… It’s is not simple and takes time to build trust. I appreciate my friends too…
    Elizabeth

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    • Thanks, Eliz.
      Praise from you is treasured by me…and anyone else who reads your amazing posts.
      Sometimes we try to make things more complicated than they have to be…friendship is like that I think…you need to just be there…open and loving…and the rest follows naturally.

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  2. Hi viv,
    Thanks for adding this to the last blog hop. Do you have a facebook page? You really need one and it is easy and free to create…
    By the way, I’ve added a new blog hop. Do stop by to add your links.
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth

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    • Hi Eliz,
      I think I did just add my link this morning when I read your post.
      I do have a facebook page…it is nothing special and I keep wanting to do something special for the book…a fan page? But, don’t know quite how and also never seem to have any time. 🙂
      Thanks for always being in my corner. 🙂

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