The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships. (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States)

Abe Lincoln, who was born on this date in 1809, is known for a lot of things, especially his honesty and persistence in learning. His writing and oratory are full of careful thought. Today’s quote, for example, while quite simple in form, is really profound. What gives life more pleasure and value than association with good friends?

The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. (Proverbs 11:30)