14 August 2008

[Wise Saying] Feltham

To reprehend well is the most necessary and the hardest part of friendship. Who is it that does not sometimes merit a check, and yet how few will endure one?
Yet wherein can a friend more unfold his love than in preventing dangers before their birth, or in bringing a man to safety who is travelling on the road to ruin?
I grant there is a manner of reprehending which turns a benefit into an injury, and then it both strengthens errorand wounds the giver.
When thou chidest thy wandering friend do it secretly, in season, in love, not in the ear of a popular convention, for oftentimes the presence of a multitude makes a man take up an unjust defence, rather than fall into a just shame.
[Feltham]

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