What is a friend?

What is a friend?
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friendsWhat is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.  Your soul can be naked with him. He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are. He does not want you to be better or worse. When you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent. You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely  you. He understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to judge you. With him you breathe freely. You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to him, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty.  He understands. You do not have to be careful. You can abuse him, neglect him, tolerate him. Best of all, you can keep still with him. It makes no matter. He like you. He is like fire that purges to the bone. He understands. You can weep with him, sin with him, laugh with him, pray with him. Through it all – and underneath – he sees, knows and loves you.  
A Friend?
What is a friend?
Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.
–C. Raymond Beran
Ryan is Chief Editor at Every Day, Getting Better. Ryan has been a basketball coach for over 20 years. Having coached at both the high school and middle school levels, Ryan felt it was time to pass on the stories and quotes that he has used to help motivate his teams. Ryan also contributes to the leadership development programs for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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