What makes a true friend?
- A friend gives, even when it is hard to do.
- A friend helps, even when it is difficult.
- A friend patiently endures hard times.
- A friend shares their secrets with you.
- But never reveals your secrets to others.
- A friend sticks with you in the tough times.
- A friend sticks with you, even if you lose everything.
Always be true to a friend like this.
from Anguttara Nikaya 7s (VII, 35)