The 7 Qualities of a True Friend

What makes a true friend?

  1. A friend gives, even when it is hard to do.
  2. A friend helps, even when it is difficult.
  3. A friend patiently endures hard times.
  4. A friend shares their secrets with you.
  5. But never reveals your secrets to others.
  6. A friend sticks with  you in the tough times.
  7. A friend sticks with you, even if you lose everything.

Always be true to a friend like this.

from Anguttara Nikaya 7s (VII, 35)

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