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—Booker T. Washington
It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone, but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching.
Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.
—C. S. Lewis
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
It takes a great man to make a good listener.
Eat with the rich, but go play with the poor, who are capable of joy.
—Logan Pearsall Smith
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s successes.
He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.
—G. K. Chesterson
A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.
In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that you will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live—time to get acquainted with you, time to enjoy your blessings, and time to know each other.
—Peter Marshall, 1902–1949
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.
When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.”
—Rabbi Harold Kushner
A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror.
—Ken Keyes Jr., 1921–1990
Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy and chivalry.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.
—Abraham Kuyper, 1837–1920
He speaketh not; and yet there lies a conversation in his eyes.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When two go together, one of them at least looks forward to see what is best; a man by himself, though he be careful, still has less mind in him than two, and his wits have less weight.
—Homer, c. 900 BC
Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are—chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
—George Eliot, 1819–1880
Friendship doubles our joys and halves our grief.
—Dolley Madison, 1768–1849
A merry heart doeth good like medicine.
How easy is it for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.
—Washington Irving, 1783–1859
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
—James M. Barrie
If you have a friend worth loving, Love him. Yes, and let him know That you love him, ere life’s evening Tinge his brow with sunset glow. Why should good words ne’er be said Of a friend—till he is dead?
—Alexander MacLeod, 1786–1869
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
—Octavia E. Butler
Blest Be the Tie That Binds Lyrics
Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.
Before our Father’s throne
we pour our ardent prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.
We share our mutual woes,
our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.
When we are called to part,
it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart,
and hope to meet again.
This glorious hope revives
our courage by the way;
while each in expectation lives
and waits to see the day.
From sorrow, toil, and pain,v and sin, we shall be free;
and perfect love and friendship reign
through all eternity.
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(Note the fourth stanza is different.)
At the retreat, be sure to exchange business cards and email addresses with your fellow attendees so you can stay connected. We encourage you to follow up with those contacts when you get home.