“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard
I find this quote to be true, although I would have changed it to a “true” friend, not just a friend. A friend may not want to know all about you and some things they could not accept.
A true friend though, will listen to every thing you have to say and no matter how bad it is they are non-judgmental and will remain your friend no matter what.
My best friend and I met about 8 years ago and we built a friendship, but part of me I kept hidden and hidden well. Slowly bits started to come out and she wasn’t shocked, she just said she was ready to listen if I wanted to talk. She left that up to me.
The week I went to the psychiatric ward she, who does not drive in the dark or far at all talked her husband into driving her over to see me. She walked in that dismal place, got locked in and said to me, “I wouldn’t do this for anyone else. That is how much you mean to me.”
I was stunned. I was so embarrassed and it didn’t bother her at all. Now that is a true friend.