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Quotes about friends...

So, in trying to make sure I got a quote correct on Monday, I found a list of quotes about friends and friendship. I copied some of them down into a draft in logjam to post here eventually. My favorite is this first one here:
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
I really like it somewhat due to the theme of music being pervasive and restorative and partially due to the concept of friends remembering you back to yourself. I had to do a little searching to find out that this was said by 'Jacquie' but there wasn't any more information than that.

So, on the surface, it seems like the following two quotes are in opposition to each other. But it doesn't _feel_ that way to me. But I'm having difficulty elucidating why. Any ideas from the peanut gallery?
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor to measure words but to pour them all out, just as it is, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
—George Elliot
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
Both of these seem true to me. I think it's that you can be yourself and not have to worry about someone thinking you strange for being yourself. At the same time, I don't feel I can take 'be myself' as 'be rude to those around me'.

What is a Friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.
—Frank Crane

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.
—Anais Nin

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people are just idiots. I've learned… that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I've learned that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty.
—Sicilian Proverb

Let friendship creep gently to a height; if it rushes to it, it may soon run itself out of breath.

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to — letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending — performing. You get to love your pretense. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act — and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image — they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it — they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.
—Jim Morrison

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
—William Blake

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.

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
—George Eliot

Friends with benefits? More than friends? Don't sample the goodies unless you're willing to risk addiction and withdrawal.
—Ann Landers

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself — an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.
—C. S. Lewis

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.
—Robert Southey (1774-1843)

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
—Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk beside me either. Walk in front of me so I can look at your butt.
—Darren Stalder
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