George Washington said: “True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appreciation.”
The kind of true friendship Washington is talking about is not the superficial associations which often pass for friendship.
Friendship is a state of mind on which transient circumstances have no effect.
It is a difficult to explain combination of admiration, affection, loyalty, and understanding — a kind of spiritual magnetism that draws certain people to each other.
If its true friendship the “shocks of adversity” only intensify it, only want to make a person want to be his friend’s friend all the more, and being a friend is the best part.
So, don’t count your friends — count your friendships.