A friend of mine just sent this to me as a quote of the day by George Eliot, and it really hit home about friendship and the people we care for. When they first told me the who it was by, I couldn’t quite place the author – but the name was familiar, and yet, I knew it wasn’t who I thought it was, that there was some sort of gender obfuscation at work here. It wasn’t until I Googled George Eliot, did I realize who she was. Anyway, here’s the quote:
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
–GEORGE ELIOT (Mary Ann Evans 1818 -1890)