“The man whose self-respect safeguards him never takes undue advantage. There is a strain of fine chivalry which runs through it all. The secret of another is as secure from discovery as though it was a pebble thrown into the sea. He would be above using it as a weapon, even of defense, no matter how hard pressed. The sanctity of his word of honour closes his lips forever. The secret belongs to the past. Broken friendship, misjudgment, or misrepresentation would never tempt him to reveal or betray it. His respect for himself, for his word, for what his friend once was, puts a lock on certain memories, and he throws away the key.” ~ William George Jordan
If you’ve ever had a friend turn on you, you have probably had to come face-to-face with the old expression, “It is easier to forgive an enemy than it is to forgive a friend.” If you moved past it and forgave, you then had the opportunity to see that no matter what others do to you, they cannot take away your fond memories of your friendship with them; neither can they erase your remembrance of their previous righteousness.