"Ben Jonson, the English dramatist and poet once remarked that true happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the consideration of their worth and choice. How true these sentiments are for when one makes a fool of themselves, a true friend doesn't feel that you've done a permanent job. One of my favourite writers, who once lived no more than a stone's throw from where I now live (Emily Bronte), best summed up friendship when she wrote the following lines:
'Love is like the wild rose-briar;
Friendship like the holly tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
But which one blooms most constantly?'" William Forde: February 22nd, 2013.