Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another. (Thomas Hughes)
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. (D.T. Gentry)
Friendship takes many years to establish; so do not fall out with a friend over a single disagreement. (Sadi, “Gulistan”)
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. (Oscar Wilde)
Do not reveal to friends all the secrets you possess; they may one day become enemies. Do not inflict on enemies every injury in your power; they may one day become friends. (Sadi, “Gulistan”)
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. (Joseph Conrad)
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. (Blaise Pascal)
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you. ( Dale Carnegie)
True friends are like jewels, precious and rare. False ones are like autumn leaves, found everywhere. (Unknown)
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? (Abraham Lincoln)
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. (Joan Churton Collins)
Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. (Irish saying)
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.(Elizabeth Foley)
You are my friend when you can guard my failure, challenge my thought and celebrate my success. (Unknown)
One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. (Henry B. Adams)
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. (Len Wein)
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. (Jim Morrison)
A friend is the person who knows all about you and still loves you. (Elbert Hubbert)
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. (Mark Twain)
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. (Albert Camus)
It is a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. (Benjamin Franklin)
In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend. (Solon)
My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would give you the ability to see yourself as others see you… then you would realize what a truly special person you are. (Barbara A. Billings)
“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. (Louisa May Alcott)
The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend. (Ann Kaiser Stearns)
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. (from The Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook)
– Norman Vincent Peale
A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married & went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all.
Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.
Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting.
But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing Li-Li’s poor husband great distress.
Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law’s bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it. Li-Li went to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs.
She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all.
Mr. Huang thought for awhile, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.”
Li-Li said, “Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do.” Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, “You can’t use a quick-acting poison to get rid of your mother-in-law, because that would cause people to become suspicious Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving.”
Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspect you, when she dies, you must be very careful to act very friendly towards her. “Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.” Li-Li was so happy.
She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.
Weeks went by, and months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.
After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practised controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She hadn’t had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.
The mother-in-law’s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter.
Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see what was happening. One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again She said, “Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep the poison from killing my mother-in-law. She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.”
Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”
HAVE YOU REALIZED that how you treat others is exactly how they will treat you? There is a wise Chinese saying: “The person who loves others will also be loved in return.” God might be trying to work in another person’s life through you.
Send this to your friends and spread the POWER OF LOVE.
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be on him) said : The right of the Muslim on the Muslim are six. It was said, What are they, Messenger of Allah?
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. – Muhammad Ali
You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts. – Brian Tracy
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Berthold Auerbach
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.- Lord Herbert
When they came for the Jews, I did nothing, for I am not a Jew. When they came for the Socialists, I did nothing, for I am not a Socialist. When they came for the labor leaders, the homosexuals, the gypsies, I did nothing, for I am none of these, and when they came for me, I was alone, there was no one to stand up for me. – Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor from Nazi Germany
Whatever misfortunes the unlucky ones are facing, do we have to know who they are? what they believe in, what colour is their skin? Isn’t the same red blood is running in them? Aren’t they God’s creation? So make your stand and lend a helping hand in whatever way possible.