International Day of Friendship

July 30 is the International Day of Friendship. According to the official website, “The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.” In his declaration for this day UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said in part, “When greed supersedes concerns about the health of our planet or its inhabitants, when fanatic attachment to ideology is pursued at all costs, and when people suffer human rights violations because they are considered somehow less than equal, the heritage of humanity is betrayed and our future wellbeing is placed in peril… On this International Day of Friendship, let us resolve to cherish and cultivate as many warm relationships as possible, enriching our own lives and enhancing the future.” So you can see this is about friendship between nations, as well as friendship between people.

All friendship is a gift, but even better to reach across boundaries to be a friend to someone not in your immediate circle, whether that is literally on another continent, or another race, or different socio-economic background, or anyone different than yourself. Building bridges like that can remind us we all belong to the human race.


Quotes about friendship

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living.–Amanda Bradley

Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.–Anais Nin

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?–Kahlil Gibran

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.–Ed Cunningham

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.–George Washington

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

Hold a true friend with both hands.–Nigerian proverb

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.–Charles R. Swindoll

If you want to make friends, go out of your way to do things for other people–things that require time, energy, unselfishness, and thoughtfulness.–Lawrence G. Lovasik

It is our families that shape us from the very beginning, but it is our friends that truly define us down the road. They are the ones we get to invite into our lives.–Courtney E. Martin

My friends are my most precious asset.–Erynn Miller

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.–Henry David Thoreau

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.—Euripides

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.–Walter Winchell

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.

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