Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
You have to be careful who you let define your good.
When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all.
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.