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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"You do not really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks."

This is why Baltasar Gracian taught that you should, 
“Trust in today’s friends as if they might be tomorrow’s enemies.” 

Many years before Gracian’s time, the Vikings wrote this same admonition, 
“A man must be watchful and wary as well, and fearful of trusting a friend.” 

Not everyone takes the sacred brotherhood/sisterhood of friendship as serious as the we does, so it is wise to be careful when it comes to trusting others.

The wisest path to take is to never trust someone with enough information to hurt you. 

At least not unless there is a very good reason to do so, you have known them for years, and they have proven to be a true friend through the storms of life. 

Even then it is wise to be careful concerning what you share. It is always best to keep some things private.

Strive to make sure that your true friends are being of character, honour, and integrity. 

It is someone’s character that truly matters when it comes to friendship. Look at what is inside someone when you are thinking of befriending him or her.

Lieh Tzu put it wonderfully saying, 
“Ordinary people are friendly to those who are outwardly similar to them. The wise are friendly with those who are inwardly similar to them.” 

Think about this.