A blessed thing it is for any man or woman
to have a friend; one human soul whom we can trust utterly; who knows the best and the
worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults; who will speak the honest truth
to us, while the world flatters us to our face, and laughs at us behind our back; who will
give us counsel and reproof in the day of prosperity and self-conceit; but who, again,
will comfort and encourage us in the day of difficulty and sorrow, when the world leaves
us alone to fight our own battle as we can.
~ Kingsley ~