A Victorian writer and a humane free thinker whose insightful psychological novels paved way for modern character protrayals, Eliot expresses friendship as an inexpressible comfort which does not result from selfish motives.
2."The glory of friendship is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
A profound American Transcendentalist essayist and poet from the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson stresses belief and trust to be the two essential virtues for everlasting friendship.
->Friends are an important source of life's happiness, strength and understanding. Only those who can find spiritual soulmates are able to prevent weighing thoughts or measuring words. Through trust and belief, we can attain strong friendships. Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."