Monday, September 21, 2009

With a Little Help from My Friends

"A friend is one who walks in when everyone else walks out."

"Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect."

"Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world."

"A best friend, in my opinion, is someone who you can be foolish in front of, you know, be yourself."

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can hope to find in our travels is an honest friend." -Robert Louis Stevenson

" 'You have been my friends,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'" --E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

"To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise." --Samuel Johnson

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." --Aristotle

"The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved--loved for ourselves, or rather, in spite of ourselves." --Victor Hugo

"Friends may change and friendships evolve, but they never truly end because they are not merely the destinations of a passing moment but the journeys of a lifetime."

"A friend is a person who reaches for your hand and touches your soul."

"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

"There are not many things in life so beautiful as true friendship, and not many things more uncommon."

"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends." --Walt Whitman

"The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life." --Edward Everett Hale

"I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage. When the are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know." --Emerson

"Nothing makes the earth seems so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and the longitudes." --Thoreau

"It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." --Marlene Dietrich

"My God, this is a hell of a job. I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends, my goddamn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor at night." --Warren G. Harding

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." --Bernard Meltzer

"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friends, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." --E. M. Forster

"Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings." --Jean de la Bruyere

"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." --Mohammed Ali

"The most beautiful discover true friends can make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."

"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."

"Friendship is certainly the balm for the pangs of disappointed love." --Jane Austen

"Meaning that if someone is really close with you, your getting upset or them getting upset is okay, and they don't change because of it. It's just part of the relationship. It happens. You deal with it." --Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

"It struck her that she was very lucky in her life's people." --Kristin Cashore, Fire

Monday, September 7, 2009

I <3 NY

NYC is not an easy place to live. The rent is high, the crowds are thick, the subways are stinky, the greenery is sparse. It's easy to find things to complain about. But when you love it, you really love it. I had one of those weekends.

I went to the US Open for the first time on Thursday night, which was so much fun. A perfect late summer evening, quality time with my sister, a full moon, and seeing the last set from four rows back because the match ended so late. Going home I had train issues that could have made me hate the city. When I tried to make the connection to my train, it was not stopping at that station, you see. So I would have had to go in the opposite direction for a stop and then switch. At 1:30 in the morning. Instead, I went out to the street and got a cab--which is a treat for me. Riding over the Brooklyn Bridge and along the BQE, looking out at the city's lights with the windows down, was the perfect end to an already great night.

Other things that I <3-ed about NYC this weekend:

* reading in the sunshine on the Brooklyn Promenade
* the Cyclone
* Nathan's fries
* fantastic fireworks over the boardwalk at Coney Island
* lots of guacamole with friends
* Prospect Park
* the full moon
* the feeling of autumn in the air
* friends
* hearing one of my favorite albums wafting out a window down the block when I walked by
* and literally as I typed the last, a FIREWORK went off outside my window!