“A true friend’s silence hurts more than an enemy’s rough words.”

This is another of the quotes on the page that currently ranks top on Google for “Buddha quotes on friendship.” All ten of the quotes on that page are fake. And they appear in Google’s “featured snippet,” which presents the quotes at the top of Google’s results page without you having to visit the page.

And to make things worse,  although the exposé that I wrote is now appearing on Google, they text they’re showing is the fake quotes rather than the real ones I offered!

Anyway, “A true friend’s silence hurts more than an enemy’s rough words” is not from the Buddha’s teachings. It’s probably someone’s reworking of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous saying, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Here’s a link to some genuine quotes by the Buddha on friendship.

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