Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 16 April – Friendship

Being and Doing – 16 April – Friendship

A BLESSED thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, who knows the best and the worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.   In spite of all our faults!   It was not the least among the many fine traits of Kingsley’s character, that he took his friends as he found them, and loved them for what they really were, rather than for what he fancied or wished them to be…   To the last he was ready to meet and make friends, to love and be beloved, with the freshness of youth.

From Life of C. Kingsley

TRUE friendship can afford true knowledge.   A want of discernment cannot be an ingredient in it.


ONCE in an age God finds us a friend who loves in us not a false, imaginary, and unreal character, but looking through all the rubbish and imperfections, loves in us the divine ideal of our nature.

Mrs. H. B. STOWE


These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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