Posted by The Huggy Merchant on July 08, 2000 at 06:03:05:
I wanted to post this particular thought for the day in the middle of the Voice of a Sinner thread......but felt it might get lost in the crossfire.....so here it is, instead.
When Silence Is Beyond Words
There may be moments in friendship, as in love, when silence is beyond words. The faults of our friend may be clear to us, but it is well to seem to shut our eyes to them. Friendship is usually treated by the majority of people as a tough and everlasting thing which will survive all manner of bad treatment. But this is an exceedingly great and foolish error; it may die in an hour of a single unwise word; its conditions of existence are that it should be dealt with delicately and tenderly, being as it is a sensible plant and not a roadside thistle.
We must not expect our friend to be about humanity.
Ouida (English novelist 1839-1908)
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