One example of a quote about true friendship is attributed to Walter Winchell: "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." Octavia Butler said, "Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over."
Walter Winchell was an American gossip commentator for the newspaper and radio during the 20th century. Well known for his prolific phrases and Broadway idioms, Winchell also narrated the television series, "The Untouchables." He wrote a popular column for the New York Daily Mirror from 1929 to 1963. Winchell had entertainment, social, and governmental connections that he utilized to expose information about celebrities.
Octavia Butler was an American author in the science fiction genre during the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century. She was the first writer in this genre to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. Butler also won a Hugo and Nebula award, and she is considered one of the most famous women in this field of writing, as of 2015.