“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” – William Arthur Ward
The supposed fine line between sympathy and empathy is a great gulf when applied to the matter of friendship. A true friend feels deeply, but does not agree with or perpetuate that which is ignoble or momentarily limited. He is able to distil that which is merely an immaturity from that which is a permanent limitation and he seeks – primarily through his agreement with that which is excellent and true of his friends – to inspire constant growth and development.
True friendship moves from glory into glory.
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I find your words excellent and in time with my own experience. Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend who was stuck in some limited thinking. I felt no compulsion to agree with her thoughts and at the same time meeting her in a spirit that acknowledged something greater. Your words today are a worthy consideration to inspire growth and development in ourselves and with our friends.