A friend in need is a friend indeed

Posted by Russ Cable on October 03, 2005

In Reply to: A friend in need is a friend indeed posted by ESC on October 02, 2005

: : In school they asked us to talk about 'A friend in need is a friend indeed'. What will I say?

: You can say:

: A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED -- Someone who comes to your aid when you're in difficulty is a true friend. Here is the opposite of the fair-weather friend. The thought is old enough to have a Latin version and variants in medieval English going back to 1275. The modern version is close at hand in Richard Whytford's 'Werke for Householders' : 'A true frende loueth at all tymes and neuer feyleth at nede.'" From The Dictionary of Cliches by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

: For more discussion, search the archives under "friend need."

Wonder what the poor kid's gonna say when the teacher asks him/her about "fair-weather friend" (much less any of the rest of that). ^_^