If out of all mankind one finds a single friend, he has found
something more precious than any treasure, since there is nothing in the
world so valuable that it can be compared to a real friend.
-- Andreas Capellanus, _The Art of Courtly
from "Love -- thou art high --"
thou art deep --
I cannot cross thee --
But, were there Two
Instead of One --
Rower, and Yacht - some sovereign
Who knows -- but we'd reach the
It is a wonderful advantage to
a man, in every pursuit or avocation, to secure an advisor in a
sensible woman. In woman there is at once a subtle delicacy of tact
and a plain soundness of judgement which are rarely combined to an
equal degree in man. A woman, if she be really your friend, will have
a sensitive regard for your character, honor, repute. She will seldom
counsel you to do a shabby thing; for a woman friend always desires
to be proud of you.
A Wonderful Advantage
--- The Earl of
When I give at all I want to give my whole
heart, and I feel that so few want it all.
Love in the Guise of Friendsip
Talk not of love, it gives me pain,
For love has been my foe;
He bound me in an iron chain,
And plung'd me deep in woe.
But friendship's pure and lasting joys,
My heart was form'd to prove;
There, welcome win and wear the prize,
But never talk of love.
Your friendship much can make me blest,
O why that bliss destroy?
Why urge the only, one request
You know I will deny?
Your thought, if Love must harbour there,
Conceal it in that thought;
Nor cause it in that thought;
Nor cause me from my bosom tear
The very friend I sought.