I am happy to have once again been nominated to take part in the Quotes Challenge, this time by fellow blogger amommasview over there in Australia. Momma’s posts are always informative and thought-provoking, on topics as varied as health and fitness, kids and homeschooling and environmental issues – plus many more. It was Past Present and Future that Momma chose to do for her Quotes Challenge and for my three quotes I’ve decided to look at the theme of Friends and Friendship – something we all need in our lives.
One of my favourite friendship quotes is believed to come from William Shakespeare in a collection of poems called The Passionate Pilgrim. It isn’t one of the three quotes I’ve picked for the challenge because I’ve decided to write it here as a sort of introduction to the friendship theme instead. I believe that friendship is very important, and good friends can really enrich the quality of our daily lives. Well, this is Shakespeare’s quote:
“Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.”
I don’t doubt the saying is true. We can all make ‘fairweather’ friends throughout our lives – those who are happy to be with us when the going is good. But when things get tough…? That’s when we find out who our real friends are.
This is my Friendship Quote for Day Three:
I think this quote makes a good discussion piece. I see it as meaning that it is better to go through difficult times with a friend – or friends – than through easy times alone and friendless. Friendlessness can so often mean loneliness – not something many people would willingly choose. Good friends will be there for each other, even when life gets tough or sadness strikes.
The rules for this challenge are simple:
- Post three different quotes on consecutive days. They can be from any source, or your own. All three quotes can be of a similar theme (as I have chosen Friendship) or can all be completely different/unrelated.
- Nominate 3 people for the challenge. I have chosen to nominate 3 different people each day – making a total of 9 – but some people just nominate 3 altogether. It’s up to you.
These are my three nominees for today:
Claremary P. Sweeney at Around Zu Zu’s Barn
As this is the last day of my Quotes Clallenge, I want to finish by offering one last ‘Friendship’ quote. I was reminded of this one a few weeks ago by Amanda, on her blog, Forestwoodfolkart. Every Thursday, Amanda posts a couple of proverbs for readers to interpret/discuss – some Scandinavian, others…well…not Scandinavian. 🙂 She has posted several by Confucius, and this is one of them. I did think of using it as one of my three, but it holds a slightly different meaning to the those I eventually picked. Well, with many thanks to Amanda and a link to her Proverbial Thursday post, here is the quote:
“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
Now this is a discussion piece, if ever I heard one. But I’ll leave you to ponder on it.