It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
-- Sir Edmund Hillary
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say.
Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best.
When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.
Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.