Sep 11, 2008

Noah Webster 1828 on Friendship

I've hit the books in a word study/Bible study on friendship. I will share bits and pieces of what I have come up with, currently 2 hours into study. I had my Bible out, my Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary out (which I highly recommend to any homeschooler, a very godly definition, many times with correlating scripture included with the word-published in the Glorious year of the Lord,-1828), my Greek and Hebrew Concordance and a notebook in which to take notes along the way.

How you may ask, did I work this in an afternoon with 6 children. Well, 4 of said children were napping, 2 were doing afternoon school (after their first day of ice skating lesson-all 6).

After the definitions were a few clever friendship saying...

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. Rambler

The first law of friendship is sincerity. Anon.

I also loved this:

True friendship is a noble and virtuous attachment springing from a true source, a respect for worth or amiable qualities.

False friendship may subsist between two bad men (people), as between thieves and pirates. This is a temporary attachment springing from interest, and may change in a moment to enmity and rancor.

The latter made me laugh, but made me realize I must have chosen many pirates and thieves as friends. Well, at least now it is clear to me.


My oldest, Pirate Jacky, is more than thrilled to know that all her friendships are pirate friendships and entirely false. Yes, at 17 she finds it amusing. She also wants credit for the wonderful addition of the pirate-y photo.

2 comments:

Expat Mom said...

Love the pirate photo (you can tell your Pirate that I said that). Interesting definitions of friendship, definitely more than most of us think about!

I`ve got an award for you on my blog.

Renata said...

Thanks for sharing. Very interesting definitions.

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