My Friends Are Little Lamps to Me
My friends are little lamps to me,
Their radiance warms and cheers my ways.
And all my pathway dark and lone
Is brightened by their rays.
I try to keep them bright by faith,
And never let them dim with doubt,
For every time I lose a friend
A little lamp goes out.
by Elizabeth Whittemore: as published in “Harper’s Magazine” (1923)
The Kindly Neighbor
I have a kindly neighbor, one who stands
Beside my gate and chats with me awhile,
Gives me the glory of his radiant smile
And comes at times to help with willing hands.
No station high or rank this man commands,
He, too, must trudge, as I, the long day’s mile;
And yet, devoid of pomp or gaudy style,
He has a worth exceeding stocks or lands.
To him I go when sorrow’s at my door,
On him I lean when burdens come my way,
Together oft we talk our trials o’er
And there is warmth in each good-night we say.
A kindly neighbor! Wars and strife shall end
When man has made the man next door his friend.
by Edgar A. Guest
Edgar Albert ‘Eddie’ Guest was born on 20 August 1881 in Birmingham, England. He immigrated with his family to the United States of America in 1891. From his first published work in the “Detroit Free Press” until his passing in 1959, he penned some 11,000 poems that were syndicated in 300 newspapers and collected into more than twenty books. Mr. Guest is reputed to have had a new poem published in a newspaper every day for more than thirty years. He became known as ‘The People’s Poet,’ writing poems that were of a sentimental and optimistic nature. Edgar Albert ‘Eddie’ Guest passed on at 77 years of age on 5 August 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America.
Circle of Friends
Friends, you and me;
You brought another friend,
And then there were three.
We started our group,
Our circle of friends -
There is no beginning or end.
by Author Unknown
Friends come and go,
but with a precious few
you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps
in geography and lifestyle,
because the older you get,
the more you need the people
who knew you
when you were young.
by Author Unknown
With a Friend
I can talk with a friend
and walk with a friend
and share my umbrella
in the rain.
I can play with a friend
and stay with a friend
and learn with a friend
I can eat with a friend
and compete with a friend
and even sometimes
I can ride with a friend
and take pride with a friend.
A friend can mean
so much to me!
by Vivian Gouled
Vivian G. Gouled was born on 12 June 1911 in California, United States of America. She became a poet. Vivian G. Gouled passed on at 94 years of age on 6 October 2005 in Kensington, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States of America.
We’re joined in a friendship
That time cannot sever,
With bonds we have built
We’ll remain friends forever.
We’re welded in spirit
Attached by our hearts,
And fused by the feelings
That friendship imparts.
We’re tied by emotions
Connected by dreams,
Reinforced by our hopes
Unified by extremes.
No longer a function
Of time or of space,
Our love is a substance
That life won’t replace.
No matter how distant
We’ll always endeavor,
To sense the full meaning
Of friendship forever.
by Author Unknown
New Friends and Old Friends
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test -
Time and change - are surely best;
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray;
Friendship never knows decay.
For ’mid old friends, tried and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die;
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast -
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
by Joseph Parry
Joseph Parry was born on 21 May 1841 in a cottage, which still stands as a museum to his life, at 4 Chapel Row, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom. He immigrated with his family at 13 years of age in 1854 to the United States of America. Parry was a miner and an ironworker by trade in his early life in Pennsylvania, but he later returned to the United Kingdom, where he studied and taught music. He was a professor of music at the University of Wales from 1873 to 1877. He set several Welsh writings to music, which were performed widely in both the United States of America and Wales during his lifetime. Joseph Parry passed on at 61 years of age on 17 February 1903 in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom.
“Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine: when it is old, thou shalt drinke it with pleasure.” -Ben Sira: ‘The Wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach,’ also known as the ‘Book of Ecclesiasticus’ (about 180 B.C.E.), chapter 9, verse 10
(The preceding quotation is shown in the Old Testament ‘Apocrypha’ section of “The Bible” (Authorized King James Version (1611)). Please note that many modern editions of “The Bible” omit the ‘Apocrypha,’ and that the ‘Book of Ecclesiasticus’ should not be confused with the ‘Book of Ecclesiastes.’)
A friend is a person . . .
With whom you can be sincere . . .
To whom you never need to defend yourself . . .
On whom you can depend whether present or absent . . .
With whom you never need pretend . . .
To whom you can reveal yourself without fear of betrayal . . .
Who does not feel he owns you because you are his friend . . .
Who will not selfishly use you because he has your confidence . . .
I would have such a friend . . .
And I would be such a friend . . .
I do have such a friend . . .
by Alfred Armand Montapert
Alfred Armand Montapert was born on 15 July 1906 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States of America. He was married to Evelyn Beatrice Worth (1907 - 2001). He became a writer. He is known as the author of the book “Supreme Philosophy of Man: The Laws of Life” (1970). Alfred Armand Montapert passed on at 91 years of age on 19 September 1997 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, United States of America.
“Well, I don’t suppose anyone ever is completely self-winding. That’s what friends are for.” -Russell Hoban (Russell Conwell Hoban (1925 - 2011)): “The Mouse and His Child” (1967)
“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.” -Eustace Budgell (1711)
“Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.” -Author Unknown
From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
by Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953): “Verses” (1910), ‘Dedicatory Ode,’ stanza 22
“Discover someone to help shoulder your misfortunes. Then you will never be alone . . . neither fate, nor the crowd, so readily attacks two.” -Baltasar Gracián (1601 - 1658)
Les be friends!
“Friends who take the time to care, are really angels unaware.” -Author Unknown
“We shall never have friends, if we expect to find them without fault.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 5456
“A real friend is one who overlooks your broken down gate, and admires the flowers in your garden!” -Author Unknown
“Many a friendship - long, loyal, and self-sacrificing - rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.” -Frederick W. Faber (Frederick William Faber (1814 - 1863))
“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” -Author Unknown: Colonial American proverb
“This communicating of a man’s self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.” -Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” -Quintus Ennius (239 B.C.E. - 169 B.C.E.)
“What is a friend? I will tell you . . . it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.” -Frank Crane (1861 - 1928)
“Life is to be fortified by many friendships.” -Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell (1897 - 1972)
“I had only one friend, my dog. My wife was mad at me, and I told her a man ought to have at least two friends. She agreed - and bought me another dog.” -Pepper Rodgers (Franklin Cullen ‘Pepper’ Rodgers (born 1931))
“. . . I never yet met a man that I didn’t like.” -Will Rogers (William Penn Adair ‘Will’ Rogers (1879 - 1935)), as quoted in the “Saturday Evening Post” (6 November 1926)
Suppose someone came to you and said, “I do not go out because I have no friends, and I have no friends because I do not go out.” What would you say to the person?
“Friendships multiply joys, and divide griefs.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 1622
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” -Bernard Meltzer (Bernard C. Meltzer (1916 - 1998))
“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” -Zig Ziglar (Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar (1929 - 2012))
Friendship Day was promoted by the Hallmark Greeting Card Company beginning in 1919. It was made official by the Congress of the United States of America in 1935, to be observed on the first Sunday in August of each year, as National Friendship Day. In 2011, the United Nations declared an International Friendship Day, to be celebrated on 30 July of each year. The date on which the holiday is observed varies around the world, but in many places, the first Sunday in August is still the chosen day. Among the ways of celebrating are making and handing out friendship wristbands or bracelets, sending greeting cards or email messages, or having a gathering of friends. Happy Friendship Day to you and all your friends from Make Fun Of Life!
“He liked to like people, therefore people liked him.” -Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910))
“Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Friends come, friends go; the loves
men know are ever fleeting;
In song and smile a little while
we read their kindly greeting;
With warmth and cheer they linger near,
the friends we fondly treasure;
Then on a day they drift away,
a loss no words can measure.
This much we know: friends come, friends go,
as April’s gladness passes.
As sun and shade, in swift parade,
paint changes on meadow grasses.
And though we grieve to see them leave,
in thought we still enfold them;
In Memory’s Net we keep them yet,
and thus can ever hold them.
They come, they go - these Loves we know.
Life’s Tides are ever moving;
But year on year, they still seem near -
so great the power of loving.
by Aline Michaelis (Aline Triplette Michaelis (1883 - 1958)): “The Rhyming Optimist” newspaper column
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” -Linda Grayson
“No matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.” -Author Unknown
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the nicest things you can be.” -Douglas Pagels (born 1950)
“I didn’t always have friends, so I am careful to take care of them.” -Loretta Claiborne (born 1953), Special Olympics athlete and professional speaker, website https://www.lorettaclaiborne.com
“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the hearts of all the world.” -John Evelyn (1620 - 1706)
“Everyone needs someone with whom to share their secrets.” -Author Unknown
“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” -Ed Cunningham (born 1969)
“Develop the art of friendliness. One can experience a variety of emotions staying home and reading or watching television; one will be alive but hardly living. Most of the meaningful aspects of life are closely associated with people. Even the dictionary definition of life involves people.” -William L. Abbott
“The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another’s little lapses.” -David Storey (David Malcolm Storey (1933 - 2017))
“Nobody has ever come up with a good substitute for friendship.” -Author Unknown
“Do not let your desire to win an argument ruin a friendship.” -Author Unknown
By mutual confidence and mutual aid
Great deeds are done, and great discoveries made.
“Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.” -Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854 - 1921)
“Good friends are good for your health.” -Irwin Sarason (Irwin G. Sarason (born 1929))
“There is no need like the lack of a friend.” -Author Unknown: Irish proverb
“Friendship doesn’t exist to criticize but to inspire confidence.” -Jean-Paul Sartre (Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (1905 - 1980))
“Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.” -C. C. Colton (Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832))
What are the qualities that make a good friend?
“True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” -Dave Tyson Gentry (David ‘Dave’ Tyson Gentry (born 1951))
“Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.” -Author Unknown
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” -Author Unknown: “The Bible,” ‘Ecclesiastes,’ chapter 4, verses 9 and 10
“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” -Author Unknown
“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” -Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915): “The Note Book of Elbert Hubbard: Mottoes, Epigrams, Short Essays, Passages, Orphic Sayings, and Preachments” (1927), page 112
“Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good, you must a hundred try.” -Claude Mermet (1550 - 1620)
Overheard: If friends were flowers, I would pick you.
“Two people cannot remain friends for long if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” -Jean de La Bruyère (1645 - 1696)
“Old friends are best - they know everything about you - but they cannot remember it.” -Author Unknown
“Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” -Author Unknown
“It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.” -Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 - 1954))
“Hopes are planted in friendship’s garden, where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.” -Author Unknown
“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): remark (1755) to Joshua Reynolds, as quoted in James Boswell: “The Life of Samuel Johnson” (1791)
“Of all the means to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.” -Epicurus (341 B.C.E. - 270 B.C.E.)
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” -Woodrow Wilson (Thomas Woodrow ‘Woodrow’ Wilson (1856 - 1924))
“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” -Maya Angelou (Marguerite Ann Johnson (1928 - 2014))
“Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.” -Cindy Lew
Riddle: How is it possible for you to sit behind your friend and for your friend to sit behind you at the same time?
Solution: Sit back-to-back.
“Every good friend once was a stranger.” -Author Unknown
“It takes a lot of time, understanding, and trust to gain a close friendship with someone. My friends are my most precious asset.” -Erynn Miller
“Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.” -Author Unknown: Czech proverb
“Friendship: A ship full of friends.” -Author Unknown
Among life’s precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.
“Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” -Erwin T. Randall
“Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.” -Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933)
“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” -E. W. Howe (Edgar Watson ‘Ed’ Howe (1853 - 1937))
“A faithful friend is a source of strength; whoever finds one has found a treasure.” -Author Unknown: “Sirach,” chapter 6, verse 14
“Yes’m, old friends is always best, ’less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.” -Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909): “The Country of Pointed Firs and Other Fiction” (1896)
“Mutual confidence is the pillar of friendship.” -Author Unknown
“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 -1894)
“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” -Elisabeth Foley
“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings and the one which we take the least thought to acquire.” -François de La Rochefoucauld (also known as François Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680))
I have a friend
Whose name is __________________ .
And we have fun together.
We laugh and play
And sing all day
In any kind of weather.
by Author Unknown
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Charles Rozell ‘Chuck’ Swindoll (born 1934))
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Cultivate a friendship,
As you do a garden bed;
Nourish, feed and watch it grow,
With help and nice things said.
Smile, it’s like the sunshine
Needed for the flowers,
Loving hands to tend and care,
Soft rains and sun-filled hours.
Little hurts are like the weeds,
That come between the rows:
Pull and cast them out before
The beautiful friendship goes.
Be proud of your well-tended garden
And proud of a good friend too,
All the work that you put into them
Will come straight back to you.
Don’t neglect your garden
Or the good friends that you know,
Don’t let a single day go by,
Keep trying, both will grow.
by Ruth Moyer Gilmour
Ruth Moyer Gilmour was born on 14 June 1910 in Mohawk, New York, United States of America. She was married to Barrington P. ‘Barry’ Gilmour. She became a schoolteacher, a school choral director, and a poet. Ruth Moyer Gilmour passed on at 87 years of age on 23 January 1998.
Words of Dinah Maria Craik
“Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
by Dinah Maria Craik: “A Life for a Life” (1859), chapter 16
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Mrs. Craik’s words were adapted and published as a poem in Hazel Felleman, editor: “The Best Loved Poems of the American People” (1936), as follows.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
Of feeling safe with a person.
Having neither to weigh thoughts
Nor measure words, but pouring them
All right out - just as they are
Chaff and grain together -
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keeping what is worth keeping,
And with a breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
by Author Unknown: adaption of an excerpt from Dinah Maria Craik: “A Life for a Life” (1859) novel
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Dinah Maria Craik was born as Dinah Maria Mulock on 20 April 1826 in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, England. She was married in 1865 to George Lillie Craik, a partner in the Macmillan Publishing House. She became a well-known and successful novelist, essayist, and poet. Her works include “The Ogilvies” (1849), “A Life for a Life” (1859), and “John Halifax, Gentleman” (1859). Dinah Maria Craik passed on at 61 years of age on 12 October 1887 in Shortlands, Bromley, Greater London, England.
Do You Know Your Neighbor?
Do you know the neighbor who lives on your block;
do you ever take time for a bit of talk?
Do you know his troubles, his heartaches, his cares;
the battle he’s fighting, the burdens he bears?
Do you greet him with joy, or pass him right by
with a questioning look and a quizzical eye?
Do you bid him “Good Morning” and “How do you do,”
or shrug as if he were nothing to you?
He may be a chap with a mighty big heart;
and a welcome that grips, if you’d just do your part,
and I know you will coax out his sunniest smile
if you’ll stop with this neighbor and visit awhile.
We rush on so fast in these strenuous days,
we’re apt to find fault when it’s better to praise.
We judge a man’s worth by the make of his car;
we’re anxious to learn what his politics are.
But somehow it seldom gets under the hide,
the fact that the fellow we’re living beside
Is a fellow like us, with a hankering too,
for a grip of the hand and a “How do you do!”
by H. Howard Biggar
Harvey Howard Biggar was born on 4 April 1886 in Aurora, South Dakota, United States of America. He became an agronomist, an instructor in agriculture, and a poet. Harvey Howard Biggar passed on at 79 years of age on 10 April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.
Friends Are Like Angels
Our friends are like angels,
Who brighten our days;
In all kinds of wonderful,
Their thoughtfulness comes,
As a gift from above;
And we feel we’re surrounded,
By warm, caring love.
Like upside-down rainbows,
Their smiles bring the sun;
And they fill ho-hum moments,
With laughter and fun.
Friends are like angels,
Without any wings;
Blessing our lives,
With the most precious things.
by Emily Matthews
Be a Friend
Your friends are very precious things;
Their love is like the rarest gem.
But friends are hard to find and keep
Unless you are a friend to them.
by Author Unknown
I thought I was a poor man all my days,
And only late I knew
Riches that filled my soul with glad amaze,
All-marvelous to view.
How am I shamed that I have hung my head
The way a pauper bends!
I should have walked the earth a king instead;
My friends - I had my friends!
by Author Unknown
Croesus was born in 595 B.C.E. He became a king of Lydia from 560 B.C.E. until 546 B.C.E. During that time, he amassed a considerable amount of gold. In 546 B.C.E., Cyrus, the king of Persia, went to war with Croesus, and took away his gold. With no gold, Croesus discovered he had something worth more remaining: the riches of friendship. Croesus passed on in 547 B.C.E.
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