Tuesday, February 1, 2011

“A true friend stabs you in the front.” - Oscar Wilde

“In a friend you find a second self.” ~ Isabelle Norton
My light paranormal romance, Somewhere My Lass, is a story of romance on the deepest level, and also of friendship.  To quote reviewer Poinsettia from Long and Short Reviews:

“Neil’s best friend, Fergus, is one of the most amusing secondary characters I’ve read in a long time. His bright orange hair and obsession with science fiction and technology made me smile throughout the story. Fergus is a friend in the truest sense of the word. He’s willing to follow Neil into the past to lend a hand, and his belt full of gadgets saves Neil’s life on more than one occasion.

I’m a fan of Ms. Trissel’s historical romances, so I was intrigued at the idea that her latest story would include the element of time travel. Somewhere My Lass, is book two in Ms. Trissel’s Somewhere series, but it is not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this story. Once I started reading Somewhere My Lass, I found Ms. Trissel had masterfully blended the past and the present in order to create a lovely romance that spans centuries. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a touching tale of love and friendship.”

As a tribute to friendship, I offer the following quotes.
“Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: do be my enemy for friendship’s sake.”
- William Blake

“Tell me what company thou keepst, and I’ll tell thee what thou art.”
– Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616) Spanish novelist.

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
– Confucious (551 – 497 BC) Chinese philosopher. 

“Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.”
– Jacques Delille (1738 – 1813) French poet.

“A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.”
– Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) British lexiographer.

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

“It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.”
– Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680) French writer.

“If it is abuse – why one is always sure to here of it from one damned good-natured friend or other!”
– Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816) British dramatist.

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
– George Washington

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
– George Washington

“I can never think of promoting my convenience at the expense of a friend’s interest and inclination.”
– George Washington

“Should auld aquaintance be forgot, And never brought to min’?”
– Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) Scottish poet.

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”
– Epicurus (341 – 270 BC) Greek philosopher.

“These are called the pious frauds of friendship.”
– Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754) British novelist.

“Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. he whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.”
– Samuel Johnston (1709 – 1784) British lexicographer.

“To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.”
– Sallust (86 – 334 BC) Roman historian

“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”
– Euripides, Greek playwrite

“My friends are my estate.”
– Emily Dickinson

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

“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”- Oscar Wilde
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
– Mother Teresa

“When true friends meet in adverse hour;
‘Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.”
– Sir Walter Scott

“... no man is useless
while he has a friend.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“A true friend stabs you in the front.”
- Oscar Wilde

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.”
– Mark Twain

“Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship.”
– Cicero

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The best mirror is an old friend.”
– George Herbert

“The friendship that can cease has never been real.” – Saint Jerome
“I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul rememb’ring my good friends.”
– William Shakespeare

“I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?”
– Henry David Thoreau

*Pics are of family, friends, and those who have gone before us.

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