The only way to have a friend is to be one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meaning of this Quote

We expect a lot from others without actually fulfilling the expectations one has from us. Is that justified? When you demand certain things from your friends – be it loyalty, trust, honesty, love, and affection, it is implied that you deliver the same. We often fail to act like the friend we want.

A friendship only works when both of you (you and your friend) adhere to the same set of rules, duties, and responsibilities. It is only right.

For example, how hurt will you be if you found out your friend has been hiding something from you? Hasn’t been 100% honest to you over a matter? Will that break your trust? Of course, it will. But, doesn’t that mean you should also be 100% honest and capable of sharing everything that is crucial to your life?

Friendship is a two-way street where you will end up with a true friend for life if you have what it takes to be one. When you try to make a friend always think about what you will be able to offer and trust us you will receive all of it back – love, affection, care, and so on. So, be ready to offer all that you have.