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Quotes about 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 Butler
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. – Paramahansa Yogananda
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. – C.S. Lewis
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. – Jon Katz
The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. – Barbara Kingsolver
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. – Robert Brault
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. – Washington Irving
How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. – Shel Silverstein
Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that. – Ally Condie
Friends are the family you choose – Jess C. Scott
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. – Ray Bradbury
Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. – Dean Koontz
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. – Charles Lamb
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friendship that can end never really began – Publilius Syrus
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. – Alice Walker
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins
You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. – Laurence J. Peter
Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again. – John O’Donohue
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. – Dale Carnegie
Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends. – Virginia Woolf
The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? – Eugene Kennedy
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead. – Anna Cummins
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? – Abraham Lincoln
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. – Buddha
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. – Marlene Dietrich
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. – Henry Ford
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. – Muhammad Ali
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. – Khalil Gibran
True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically. – Author Unknown (Internet, probably)
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings. – Henry David Thoreau
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. – Woodrow T. Wilson
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. — Albert Camus
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. – David Tyson Gentry
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ― C.S. Lewis
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. – Alexander Dumas
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant. – Socrates
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. – Samuel Butler
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. – William Shakespeare
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. – Oscar Wilde
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. – Aristotle
A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling. – Arthur Brisbane
There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ― Linda Grayson


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Posted by on January 25, 2018 in - Quotes


11 Secrets of Irresistible People

11 Secrets of Irresistible People
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Some people, regardless of what they lack—money, looks, or social connections—always radiate with energy and confidence. Even the most skeptical individuals find themselves enamored with these charming personalities.

These people are the life of every party. They’re the ones you turn to for help, advice, and companionship.

You just can’t get enough of them, and they leave you asking yourself, “What do they have that I don’t? What makes them so irresistible?”

The difference? Their sense of self-worth comes from within.

Irresistible people aren’t constantly searching for validation, because they’re confident enough to find it in themselves. There are certain habits they pursue every day to maintain this healthy perspective.

Since being irresistible isn’t the result of dumb luck, it’s time to study the habits of irresistible people so that you can use them to your benefit.

Get ready to say “hello” to a new, more irresistible you.

1. They Treat EVERYONE With Respect

Whether interacting with their biggest client or a server taking their drink order, irresistible people are unfailingly polite and respectful. They understand that—no matter how nice they are to the person they’re having lunch with—it’s all for naught if that person witnesses them behaving badly toward someone else. Irresistible people treat everyone with respect because they believe they’re no better than anyone else.

2. They Follow The Platinum Rule

The Golden Rule—treat others as you want to be treated—has a fatal flaw: it assumes that all people want to be treated the same way. It ignores that people are motivated by vastly different things. One person loves public recognition, while another loathes being the center of attention.

The Platinum Rule—treat others as they want to be treated—corrects that flaw. Irresistible people are great at reading other people, and they adjust their behavior and style to make others feel comfortable.

3. They Ditch The Small Talk

There’s no surer way to prevent an emotional connection from forming during a conversation than by sticking to small talk. When you robotically approach people with small talk this puts their brains on autopilot and prevents them from having any real affinity for you. Irresistible people create connection and find depth even in short, every day conversations. Their genuine interest in other people makes it easy for them to ask good questions and relate what they’re told to other important facets of the speaker’s life.

4. They Focus On People More Than Anything Else

Irresistible people possess an authentic interest in those around them. As a result, they don’t spend much time thinking about themselves. They don’t obsess over how well they’re liked, because they’re too busy focusing on the people they’re with. It’s what makes their irresistibility seem so effortless.

To put this habit to work for you, try putting down the smart phone and focusing on the people you’re with. Focus on what they’re saying, not what your response will be, or how what they’re saying will affect you. When people tell you something about themselves, follow up with open-ended questions to draw them out even more.

5. They Don’t Try Too Hard

Irresistible people don’t dominate the conversation with stories about how smart and successful they are. It’s not that they’re resisting the urge to brag. The thought doesn’t even occur to them because they know how unlikeable people are who try too hard to get others to like them.

6. They Recognize The Difference Between Fact And Opinion

Irresistible people handle controversial topics and touchy subjects with grace and poise. They don’t shrink from sharing their opinions, but they make it clear that they’re opinions, not facts. Whether discussing global warming, politics, vaccine schedules, or GMO foods, irresistible people recognize that many people who are just as intelligent as they are see things differently.

7. They Are Authentic

Irresistible people are who they are. Nobody has to burn up energy or brainpower trying to guess their agenda or predict what they’ll do next. They do this because they know that no one likes a fake.

People gravitate toward authentic individuals because they know they can trust them. It’s easy to resist someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel.

8. They Have Integrity

People with high integrity are irresistible because they walk their talk, plain and simple. Integrity is a simple concept but a difficult thing to practice. To demonstrate integrity every day, irresistible people follow through, they avoid talking bad about other people, and they do the right thing, even when it hurts.

9. They Smile

People naturally (and unconsciously) mirror the body language of the person they’re talking to. If you want people to find you irresistible, smile at them during conversations and they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good as a result.

10. They Make An Effort To Look Their Best (Just Not Too Much Of An Effort)

There’s a massive difference between being presentable and being vain. Irresistible people understand that making an effort to look your best is comparable to cleaning your house before company comes—it’s a sign of respect for others. But once they’ve made themselves presentable, they stop thinking about it.

11. They Find Reasons To Love Life

Irresistible people are positive and passionate. They’re never bored, because they see life as an amazing adventure and approach it with a joy that other people want to be a part of.

It’s not that irresistible people don’t have problems—even big ones—but they approach problems as temporary obstacles, not inescapable fate. When things go wrong, they remind themselves that a bad day is just one day, and they keep hope that tomorrow or next week or next month will be better.

Bringing It All Together

Irresistible people did not have fairy godmothers hovering over their cribs. They’ve simply perfected certain appealing qualities and habits that anyone can adopt as their own.

They think about other people more than they think about themselves, and they make other people feel liked, respected, understood, and seen. Just remember: the more you focus on others, the more irresistible you’ll be.

What other qualities make people irresistible? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.


Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book,Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, andThe Harvard Business Review.

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This boy could change the future

When Myles Eckert found $20 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, he thought about what he might buy with this newfound fortune, but he changed his mind when he laid eyes on the man in uniform. Steve Hartman reports on what happened..



The Lord’s Prayer

The moment you receive it, say:
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,
give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
now and forever

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, it shall be well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed.  You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year.  For the remainder of 2014, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today, God has confirmed the end of your sufferings sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY… He will never let you down.
I knocked at heaven’s door this morning, God asked me, My child! What can I do for you?  And I said, ‘Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message.
It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send to family and friends, as many as you can ? God does know if you don’t have 20 people to send it to.  It’s the effort and intent that counts. This is a powerful Prayer. Couldn’t hurt can only help…Let’s pray for one another, there’s no superstition involved here, we are just asking for Gods will to be done here on earth.

God is going to fix two BIG things tonight in your favor. If you believe in God, drop everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day ever.

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in - Quotes, Daily Thought




“Amassing followers for the sake of sheer numbers is similar to the guy who talks really loud at parties and everyone rolls their eyes at.”

Don’t be that guy! As offensive as the ubiquitous party guy is, he is also just as present (and offensive) on social media.  It seems that everywhere on social media are monotone shouts to follow a link or check out a website.  While such sophomoric attempts succeed at pulling in the mindless and vulnerable, the savvy social media user shies away from such white noise.

Not being savvy with your use of social media is lethal to your brand image.  Many wise social media marketers repeat the hallowed dictum to ‘engage’ with social media users. They say this because they understand the importance of interaction first, sales second (actually another few steps on down the chain).  Perhaps a desire for sales or a lack of understanding on how social media properly works creates this lack of proper use; but one thing is for sure; many companies are missing out on the benefits of proper social media marketing.

Here are some things to do that will help you to engage properly on social media:


Don’t just post inks to your website and ask people to read your new blog post.  It translates as desperate and shallow. Find people with common interests and industry and converse with them.  People like to talk about themselves, so ask questions about a particular product or service, ask people their opinion on something.  The point is to establish real human connections with other users of social media.  That is the social aspect of social media.

If you would like to learn more about social media, feel free to contact the author Robert Waddington at:  You can also visit his firm at:


Perhaps twenty percent of your postings should be descriptive information about your company (notice I said descriptive, not hard selling).  For the rest of your postings, share valuable information that is of genuine interest to your followers.  Approach this from the mindset of who your customer base is and what are their concerns and interests are.  Keep the subject matter on point with your company’s products and services.  If you stray too far off topic, your brand image will weaken and the more posting you do, the weaker your brand image will become.


Only young teenagers care about thousands of followers, don’t be like them (unless you’re a teenager).  Try to get quality followers; do not concern yourself with huge numbers.  Use hashtags to identify your posts on G+ and Twitter.  Using hashtags will cause your material to be found by those who are looking specifically for it.  If you regularly post quality, on topic, content with proper formatting and hashtags, you will build a steady and well-qualified follower group.


Above I mentioned promoting yourself around twenty percent of the time; I would now like to expand on that thought.  When you do promote yourself on social media, provide informative content and explain that they can get more info by contacting you, which should be the extent of your ‘sell’.  If you are more aggressive, you will project the image of the dreaded spammer.  Don’t hurt your brand by being anything but upfront with your precious followers.  If you want them to sign up for a newsletter, tell them that is what it is.  The old bait and switch routine is transparent and will only provide you with a poorly aligned customer base.


Your brand’s forward progression into a visible spot in your respective market is shaped by how you conduct yourself on social media.  Your actions, inactions and manner of engagement will shore you up or tear you down.  Most implosions of brands were done at the hands of their own marketing departments by being callous in their handling of social media.

Things always start small and evolve into larger entities over time.  The time it takes to do that and the size of that entity is your responsibility.

What will you do with social media?

If you would like to learn more about social media, feel free to contact me at:  You can also visit my firm at:

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About the Author:  Robert Waddington has been writing about marketing and business since 1999.  He covers topics regarding the effect of marketing on industry segments, good management, the forces that drive commerce, and the need to be up-to-date with trends in the field.  Robert will often dip into the dreaded etymological pool to flog a word for a few extra rounds or make quick digressions into sub genres of human behavior.  Robert can usually be counted on for his persistent wail of white noise chatter. He drives an imaginary Winnebago across the web, delivering metaphorical donut boxes to the denizens of cyberland.

Robert is the founder of Alpha Avant.  Alpha Avant is a full service, integrated marketing company that provides social media marketing, traditional marketing, and content marketing for businesses.

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in - Quotes


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8 pieces of advice as I struggle to get my resolutions turned into a vision board, turned into an RPM (Results focused, Purpose driven, Massive action plan)

1. Always define your goals. There is very thin line between your dreams and your goals. By giving to dreams a definition, they became goals, and therefore they become achievable.

2. Learn from other people’s mistakes. It is cheaper, easier and less painful.

3. Postpone the success for the later time. If you did not achieve the goal today as you planned, tell to yourself “I have not lost; I just postponed the result I want till the later time”. Wake up next day and continue the battle for it. Never give up.

4. Think how can use your failure. Failure is not a real failure if you use that as knowledge.

5. If you look at your goal and you do not know now how to do it, it does not mean that this is impossible.

6. Your desire of success should be higher than your fear of failure.


8. Do not focus on the result. Focus on change and you will get the results!

Thanks and credit go to a cool Swedish blogger “Life as an Investment” – click here to visit his / her site where I got this great advice.

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Posted by on January 8, 2014 in - Quotes, Investments

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