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Someone gave me a wooden plaque many years ago with this writing on it.
“A friend is a person who is for you always
He wants nothing from you except that you be yourself.
He is the one being with whom you can feel safe.
With him you can utter your heart, its badness and its goodness.
Like the shade of a great tree in the noonday heat is a friend.
A friend is an impregnable citadel of refuge in the strife of existence.
It is he that keeps alive your faith in human nature,
that makes you believe that it is a good universe.
He is the antidote to despair, the elixir of hope,
the tonic for depression…….
Give to him without reluctance.”