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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Part I
 
Qualities of a Friend
 
 
111. A true Friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a Friend unchangeably.  1
  112. These being the Qualities of a Friend, we are to find them before we chuse one.  2
  113. The Covetous, the Angry, the Proud, the Jealous, the Talkative, cannot but make ill Friends, as well as the False.  3
  114. In short, chuse a Friend as thou dost a Wife, till Death separate you.  4
  115. Yet be not a Friend beyond the Altar: but let Virtue bound thy Friendship: Else it is not Friendship, but an Evil Confederacy.  5
  116. If my Brother or Kinsman will be my Friend, I ought to prefer him before a Stranger, or I shew little Duty or Nature to my Parents.  6
  117. And as we ought to prefer our Kindred in Point of Affection, so too in Point of Charity, if equally needing and deserving.  7
 

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