(by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik from her book, A Life for Life, 1866)

But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughtscome out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort--the inexpressible comfort of feelingsafe with a person--having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

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