Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. – Helen Keller
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. – Euripides
The only way to have a friend is to be one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. — Anthony Robbins
Do you know how to recognize a true friend? A real friend loves us and protects us.
In recognizing a true friend we must look for two important elements in that friendship: A true friend makes it easier for us to live the gospel by being around him. Similarly, a true friend does not make us choose between his way and the Lord’s way. — Elder Robert D. Hales, Ensign, May 1990, p. 40
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. — Charles Dickens
Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly. — Anonymous
We need to reach out and extend our friendship to others regardless of whether they are interested in the gospel or not. We must not be too selective in identifying those we feel are worthy or appreciative of our attention. The spirit of true Christian fellowship must include everyone. . .
Years ago while walking up main street with his father, Elder LeGrand Richards, then the Presiding Bishop of the Church, tipped his hat and greeted everyone. Upon arrival at their destination, President George F. Richards, then the President of the Council of the Twelve, said, “Son, do you know all those people?” Bishop Richards responded, “Yes, Daddy, I know them all – all but their names.” — Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, November 1988, pp. 29-30
The only way to have a friend is to be one. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. Happy is the house that shelters a friend. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend, and it would be content and cheerful alone for a thousand years. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. One should keep his friendships in constant repair. — Johnson
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. — Aristotle
Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C. S. Lewis
Whether young or old, we need to be good friends, but also to pick our friends carefully. By choosing the Lord first, choosing one’s friends becomes easier and much safer. Consider the contrasting friendships in the city of Enoch compared to peers in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah! The citizens of the city of Enoch chose Jesus and a way of life, then became everlasting friends. So much depends on whom and what we seek first. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Content with the Things Allotted unto Us,” Ensign, May 2000
A friend is a possession we earn, not a gift. . . . The Lord has declared that those who serve him and keep his commandments are called his servants. After they have been tested and tried and are found faithful and true in all things, they are called no longer servants, but friends. His friends are the ones he will take into his kingdom and with whom he will associate in an eternal inheritance. — Elder Marvin J. Ashton, “What Is a Friend?” Ensign, January 1973, p. 41
Look for the good in each person, and mention it in a sincere and consistent way. It is amazing how hearts can be softened, testimonies implanted, and relationships improved when we begin to give a daily portion of heartfelt appreciation. It has a marvelous effect on preparing the spirit. Even mentioning a little thing will have a positive effect. It usually isn’t earth-shaking – just a simple act or attribute that will blossom and be multiplied if it is noticed. (By the way, it may take you all day to find something, but it is there.) — Elder H. Burke Peterson, “Preparing the Heart,” Ensign, May 1990, p. 83
Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard that sober fact. . . . These special moments – one-on-one, in small groups, in corridors, hallways, or wherever – do something so subtle that we are scarcely aware that it is happening. Yet these help to further define our relationships with the Lord and with each other. It is often the one-liners that come from these special moments which have such a long shelf life and which help us long after the dispersal of those friends has occurred. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Jesus, the Perfect Mentor,” Ensign, February 2001, p. 8
“Everyone needs good friends. Your circle of friends will greatly influence your thinking and behavior, just as you will theirs. When you share common values with your friends, you can strengthen and encourage each other. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Preparation Brings Blessings,” Ensign, May 2010, p. 65
A friend is a priceless possession because a true friend is one who is willing to take us the way we are but is able to leave us better than he found us. We are poor when we lose friends because generally they are willing to reprove, admonish, love, encourage, and guide for our best good. A friend lifts the heavy heart, says the encouraging word, and assists in supplying our daily needs. As friends we will make ourselves available without delay to those who need us. — Elder Marvin J. Ashton, BYU Speeches, 30 March 1982
“If you think about it, in nature it’s very unusual to see a tree standing alone. They almost always congregate in groves, and over time, groves may become forests.”
The Sacred Grove, Elder Jensen taught, is much more than just a group of trees. It is a complicated ecosystem that includes numerous species of flora and fauna that rely on one another for food and shelter in the cycle of life.
“God’s plan for our lives contemplates a similar inter connectedness and sociality for us. We are to work out our salvation together, not in isolation. The Church builds meetinghouses, not hermitages. We are asked to attend a specific ward or branch – not to pick and choose our congregation as in some faiths. This wise policy requires us to learn to get along with each other and to be accountable to our bishop or branch president; not to run and hide when the going gets tough. . . .
“Healthy trees need an ecosystem; healthy people need each other. . . . If we hope to enjoy the sociality of heaven and its associated glory in the world to come, we need continually to mature socially as well as spiritually while here on earth. People, like trees, are best grown in communities, not in isolation.” — Elder Marlin K. Jensen, CES Fireside, Church News, May 6, 2012
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism.” That thought ought to inspire and motivate all of us because I feel that friendship is a fundamental need of our world. I think in all of us there is a profound longing for friendship, a deep yearning for the satisfaction and security that close and lasting relationships can give. Perhaps one reason the scriptures make little specific mention of the principle of friendship is because it should be manifest quite naturally as we live the gospel. In fact, if the consummate Christian attribute of charity has a first cousin, it is friendship. — Elder Marlin K. Jensen, “Friendship: A Gospel Principle,” Ensign, May 1999, p. 64