It takes a long time to grow an old friend. (John Leonard, late literary critic)
Long-time friends are invaluable assets to anyone who enjoys life and strong relationships. Most people have a lot of acquaintances, but the people who are most valued are those who’ve been with them through both the tough times and the high times. As Leonard suggests, you gain those valued relationships only over time.
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 17:17, 27:17)