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Twilight friends S1E02
Princess Celestia: "It sounds like you're all learning so much from each other... "
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After the events of Friendship is Magic, part 2, Princess Celestia gives Twilight Sparkle a new mission: To study the "magic of friendship" and report her discoveries. At the end of each episode, Twilight or her friends relay a report on friendship. The report is usually dictated by Twilight and transcribed by Spike, who then magically sends it by breathing green-colored fire on the scrolls. At times when Princess Celestia happens to be around, Twilight makes the report in person.
"Spike, take a note, please. "I, Princess Celestia, hereby decree that the unicorn, Twilight Sparkle, shall take on a new mission for Equestria. She must continue to study the "magic of friendship". She must report to me her findings, from her new home... in Ponyville."
— Princess Celestia

Starting with Lesson Zero, Princess Celestia exempts Twilight from writing a report every week, and asks that Twilight and all her friends report on their findings upon their discovery.

"From this day forth, I would like you all to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship, when, and only when, you happen to discover them."
— Princess Celestia

After the events of Magical Mystery Cure, Twilight and her friends stop sending reports to Princess Celestia altogether, and instead log their lessons and other events of note in a shared journal following Twilight's suggestion in Castle Mane-ia.

"I've just thought of a great idea! Why don't we keep a journal, just like the royal pony sisters? [...] That way, we can learn from each other! And maybe some day, other ponies will read it and learn something, too!"
— Twilight Sparkle
Contents

Season one
Friendship is Magic, part 2The Ticket MasterApplebuck SeasonGriffon the Brush OffBoast BustersDragonshyLook Before You SleepBridle GossipSwarm of the CenturyWinter Wrap UpCall of the CutieFall Weather FriendsSuited For SuccessFeeling Pinkie KeenSonic RainboomStare MasterThe Show StoppersA Dog and Pony ShowGreen Isn't Your ColorOver a BarrelA Bird in the HoofThe Cutie Mark ChroniclesOwl's Well That Ends WellParty of OneThe Best Night Ever

Season two
The Return of Harmony Part 2Lesson ZeroLuna EclipsedSisterhooves SocialThe Cutie PoxMay the Best Pet Win!The Mysterious Mare Do WellSweet and EliteSecret of My ExcessHearth's Warming EveFamily Appreciation DayBaby CakesThe Last RoundupThe Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000Read It and WeepHearts and Hooves DayA Friend in DeedPutting Your Hoof DownIt's About TimeDragon QuestHurricane FluttershyPonyville ConfidentialMMMystery on the Friendship ExpressA Canterlot Wedding - Part 2

Season three
The Crystal Empire - Part 2Too Many Pinkie PiesOne Bad AppleMagic DuelSleepless in PonyvilleWonderbolts AcademyApple Family ReunionSpike at Your ServiceKeep Calm and Flutter OnJust for SidekicksGames Ponies PlayMagical Mystery Cure

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

Season four
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2Castle Mane-iaDaring Don'tFlight to the Finish Power PoniesBats!Rarity Takes ManehattanPinkie Apple PieRainbow FallsThree's A CrowdPinkie PrideSimple WaysFilli VanilliTwilight TimeIt Ain't Easy Being BreeziesSomepony to Watch Over MeMaud PieFor Whom the Sweetie Belle ToilsLeap of FaithTesting Testing 1, 2, 3Trade Ya!

IDW comics
Friendship is Magic Issue #8Friendship is Magic Issue #14Friendship is Magic Issue #16Micro-Series Issue #1Micro-Series Issue #4Micro-Series Issue #5Micro-Series Issue #6Micro-Series Issue #7Micro-Series Issue #9Friends Forever Issue #3

Other media
FacebookLive ShowMagazines (Rain, Rain Go Away!Der Stern der WinterträumeMach mal Pause!) • San Diego Comic-Con PanelSoftware • (Discover the DifferenceTwilight Sparkle: Teacher for a DayRarity Loves FashionThings That Go Bump in the NightTwilight Sparkle's Special Lesson) • Storybooks (Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart SpellUnder the Sparkling SeaRainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare)

Season one

Friendship is Magic, part 2

Princess Celestia: Why so glum, my faithful student? Are you not happy that your quest is complete and you can return to your studies in Canterlot?
Twilight Sparkle: That's just it. Just when I learned how wonderful it is to have friends, I have to leave them.

The Ticket Master

Dear Princess Celestia,
I've learned that one of the joys of friendship is sharing your blessings. But when there's not enough blessings to go around, having more than your friends can make you feel pretty awful. So, though I appreciate the invitation, I will be returning both tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala.

Applebuck Season

Dear Princess Celestia,
My friend Applejack is the best friend a pony could ever have, and she's always there to help anypony. The only trouble is, when she needs help she finds it hard to accept it. So while friendship is about giving of ourselves to friends, it's also about accepting what our friends have to offer.
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Griffon the Brush Off

Dearest Princess Celestia,
Today I learned that it's hard to accept when somepony you like wants to spend time with somepony who's not so nice. Though it's impossible to control who your friends hang out with, it is possible to control your own behavior. Just continue to be a good friend. In the end, the difference between a false friend and one who's true will surely come to light.
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Boast Busters

Dear Princess Celestia,
I have learned a very valuable lesson about friendship: I was so afraid of being thought of as a showoff that I was hiding a part of who I am. My friends helped me realize that it's okay to be proud of your talents, and there are times when it's appropriate to show them off... Especially when you're standing up for your friends.

Dragonshy

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am happy to report that the dragon has departed our fair country, and that it was my good friend Fluttershy who convinced him to go. This adventure has taught me to never lose faith in your friends. They can be an amazing source of strength, and can help you overcome even your greatest fears.
Always your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Look Before You Sleep

Dear Princess Celestia,
It's hard to believe that two ponies that seem to have so little in common could ever get along. But I found out that if you embrace each other's differences, you just might be surprised to discover a way to be friends after all...

Bridle Gossip

Dear Princess Celestia,
My friends and I all learned an important lesson this week: Never judge a book by its cover. Someone may look unusual, or funny, or scary. But you have to look past that and learn who they are inside. Real friends don't care what your "cover" is; It's the contents of a pony that count. And a good friend, like a good book, is something that will last forever.
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Swarm of the Century

Princess Celestia: Before I have to go, would you care to give me your latest report on the "magic of friendship" in person?
Twilight Sparkle: My... report?
Princess Celestia: Haven't you learned anything about friendship?
Twilight Sparkle: (watches Pinkie Pie) Actually, I have...
I've learned that sometimes the solution to your problems can come from where you least expect it. It's a good idea to stop and listen to your friends' opinions and perspectives... Even when they don't always seem to make sense...

Winter Wrap Up

Dear Princess Celestia,
Winter Wrap Up was one of the most special things I've ever been a part of here in Ponyville. It helped me to learn that we all have hidden talents, and if we're patient and diligent we're sure to find them. And as always, with good friendship and teamwork, ponies can accomplish anything...

Call of the Cutie

Dearest Princess Celestia,
I am happy to report that one of your youngest subjects has learned a valuable lesson about friendship. Sometimes, the thing you think will cause you to lose friends and feel left out can actually be the thing that helps you make your closest friends and realize how special you are...

Fall Weather Friends

Applejack: I'm sorry you had to see us being such poor sports, Princess.
Princess Celestia: [chuckles] That's all right, Applejack. Anypony can get swept up in the excitement of competition.
Twilight Sparkle: It's important to remember that the friendship is always more important than the competition.

Suited For Success

Dear Princess Celestia,
This week my very talented friend Rarity learned that if you try to please everypony, you oftentimes end up pleasing nopony, especially yourself. And I learned this: when somepony offers to do you a favor, like making you a beautiful dress, you shouldn't be overly critical of something generously given to you. In other words, you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. [giggles]

Feeling Pinkie Keen

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am happy to report that I now realize there are wonderful things in this world you just can't explain, but that doesn't necessarily make them any less true. It just means you have to choose to believe in them. And sometimes it takes a friend to show you the way.
Pinkie Pie: Honk!
Honk.
Always your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

After the episode aired, Lauren Faust expressed that she wishes she "could [go] back and clarify it further", since the message of the episode was misinterpreted.[1]

Sonic Rainboom

Princess Celestia: So Twilight Sparkle, did you learn anything about friendship from this experience?
Twilight Sparkle: I did, Princess. But I think Rarity learned even more than me.
Rarity: I certainly did. I learned how important it is to keep your hooves on the ground, and be there for your friends.
Princess Celestia: Excellent. Well done, Rarity.

Stare Master

Although Twilight writes a letter to Princess Celestia following Fluttershy's misadventure with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, the letter itself is never heard by the viewers. The two did discuss the lesson Fluttershy picked up from the events, however, which may have been the letter's subject.

Twilight Sparkle: I was wrong about you. You certainly do know how to handle those girls.
Fluttershy: I wouldn't go that far.
Twilight Sparkle: Hm? How so?
Fluttershy: I assumed that I'd be just as good with kids as I am with animals. Boy, was I wrong. I really learned the hard way not to bite off more than I can chew.

The Show Stoppers

After the talent show, Twilight meets the Cutie Mark Crusaders and asks what they have learned from the experience.

Sweetie Belle: Well, maybe we were trying too hard.
Twilight Sparkle: Yes, and...?
Scootaloo: And instead of forcing ourselves to do something that's not meant for us...
Twilight Sparkle: Yes? Yes?
Apple Bloom: We each should be embracing our true talents.
Twilight Sparkle: And that is...?
Cutie Mark Crusaders: COMEDY!

A Dog and Pony Show

Twilight Sparkle: I can't wait to write to Princess Celestia to tell her what you taught me today.
Rarity: Me? What did I teach you?
Twilight Sparkle: Just because somepony is lady-like doesn't make her weak. In fact, by using her wits, a seemingly defenseless pony can be the one who outsmarts and outshines them all.

Green Isn't Your Color

Dear Princess Celestia,
Being a good friend means being able to keep a secret, but you should never be afraid to share your true feelings with a good friend.

Over a Barrel

Dear Princess Celestia,
Friendship is a wondrous and powerful thing. Even the worst of enemies can become friends. You need understanding and compromise. You've got to share. You've got to care.
Pinkie Pie: HEY! That's what I said!

A Bird in the Hoof

Twilight Sparkle: Fluttershy really did do everything she could to try to take care of Philomena for you.
Princess Celestia: And I do appreciate that your heart was in the right place, child, but all you had to do was ask me and I could have told you Philomena was a phoenix and saved you all this trouble.
Fluttershy: I know. I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions. Next time I'll ask before taking matters into my own hooves.
Twilight Sparkle: Should I write you a letter about that lesson, Princess?
Princess Celestia: No, that's quite all right. I think I can remember.

The Cutie Mark Chronicles

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned something amazing! Everypony everywhere has a special magical connection with her friends, maybe even before she's met them. If you're feeling lonely and you're still searching for your true friends, just look up in the sky. Who knows, maybe you and your future best friends are all looking at the same rainbow.
Spike: Gross! When did you get to be so cheesy?
Twilight Sparkle: Just write it, Spike!

Owl's Well That Ends Well

Dear Princess Celestia,
This is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week, I learned that being jealous, and telling lies, gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. So, from here on out, I promise that I, Spike, will-

Spike falls asleep before finishing the letter.

Party of One

Dear Princess Celestia,
I am writing to you from the most delightful party. I'm not only having a great time with my friends, but also was given the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson about friendship. Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Rest assured that a good friend always has your best interests at heart.
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

The Best Night Ever

Twilight Sparkle: Pardon me, Princess, but tonight was just... awful.
Princess Celestia: Oh, Twilight. The Grand Galloping Gala is always awful.
Twilight Sparkle: It is?
Princess Celestia: That is why I was thrilled you were all attending. I was hoping you could liven things up a bit. And while the evening may not have gone as you planned, I'm sure you'll agree that in the end it didn't turn out so bad for this group of friends.
Twilight Sparkle: You're right, Princess. Friends have a way of making even the worst of times into something pretty great.

Season two

The Return of Harmony Part 2

When Discord leaves Twilight's spirit broken and her faith in friendship lost, Princess Celestia sends all of Twilight's friendship reports back to her. The letters Twilight reads include the ones she wrote in Bridle Gossip, Over a Barrel, and The Cutie Mark Chronicles. These reports ultimately renew Twilight's spirit and faith in friendship and help her learn a new lesson which she proclaims in the group's final confrontation with Discord.

Twilight Sparkle: I'll tell you what we've learned Discord. We've learned that friendship isn't always easy. But there's no doubt it's worth fighting for.

Lesson Zero

Starting with the episode Lesson Zero, Princess Celestia exempts Twilight from submitting a report every week, and asks that all six ponies make reports about their findings on the magic of friendship when they come upon them.

Applejack: [clears throat] Dear Princess Celestia, we're writin' to you today because today we all learned a little somethin' about friendship.
Fluttershy: We learned that you should take your friends' worries seriously.
Rainbow Dash: Even if you don't think that she has anything to worry about.
Rarity: And that you shouldn't let your worries turn a small problem...
Pinkie Pie: ...into an enormously huge entire-town-in-total-chaos Princess-has-to-come-and-save-the-day problem!
Applejack: Signed, your loyal subjects.

Luna Eclipsed

Dear Princess Celestia,
When you first sent me to Ponyville, I didn't know anything about friendship. I met somepony tonight who was having the same problem - your sister, Princess Luna! She taught me that one of the best things you can do with friendship is to give it to others, and help them find it themselves! And I'm happy to report that all of Ponyville has learned that even though somepony seems a little intimidating, even scary, when you offer them your friendship, you'll discover a whole new pony underneath. And even if my Star Swirl the Bearded costume didn't go over, this still turned out to be the best Nightmare Night ever!

Sisterhooves Social

Sisterhooves Social is the first episode with a friendship report where Twilight isn't present during its creation. It is written by Rarity and Sweetie Belle.

Rarity: Very well then, what shall we write to the Princess?
Sweetie Belle: I'll start. Havin' a sister is just about the bestest thing in the world. But it sure isn't the easiest.
Rarity: I agree that being sisters is a wonderful thing, but it takes teamwork. Sometimes it's about compromising. Sometimes it's about accepting each others' differences. But mostly, it's about having fun together. Even if it means getting your hooves a little bit dirty.
Sweetie Belle: A lot dirty.
Rarity: A little bit dirty.
Sweetie Belle: A lot dirty.
Rarity: A little bit dirty!
Sweetie Belle: A lo-
Spike: Hold it, hold it! How about "a medium amount of dirty, not too little, not too much, just right"?
Rarity and Sweetie Belle: Deal!

The Cutie Pox

The report for this episode is written by Apple Bloom.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Waiting for what your heart desires can be really hard. So, you may try to take a shortcut. But this dishonesty never works, because you didn't earn what your heart desired. The only cure is being honest with yourself, and others. And that's something every heart desires.

May the Best Pet Win!

The report for this episode is written by Rainbow Dash.

Dear Princess Celestia,
I used to think the most important traits to look for in a pet, or any best friend, were all physical competitive abilities. But now I can see how short-sighted and shallow that was. Today I learned what the most important quality really is. A certain kind of spirit. A stick-to-it-ive-ness. A never give up, can-do attitude -- that's the mark of a real winner. And this tortoise has it.

The Mysterious Mare Do Well

The report for this episode is ghost written by Spike, then rewritten by Rainbow Dash, but is never heard. However, prior to this, the lesson comes out in a conversation between the main characters, and is likely to have been at least part of the final report.

Twilight Sparkle: What we're trying to say is, it's great to be really good at something, but it's important to act with grace and humility.
Rainbow Dash: Ohhh. That makes loads more sense. Yeah. You're right. And I guess I should've also acted with grace and humility when others outshine me.

Sweet and Elite

The report for this episode was to be written by Rarity, but she then tells it to Princess Celestia in person.

Rarity: Dear Princess Celestia, I wanted to tell you about the important lesson I learned during my visit.
Princess Celestia: Now that I would like to hear.
Rarity: I learned that no matter where you go in life, you should never forget that you are the product of your home and your friends. And that is something always to be proud of, no matter what.

Secret of My Excess

The report for this episode is written by Spike.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned a great lesson about friendship. Well, you might think that it would feel good to get lots and lots of stuff, but it doesn't feel nearly as good as giving something special to somepony you really care about. But I learned that it truly is better to give than to receive, and that kindness and generosity are what lead to true friendship. And that's more valuable than anything in the world. Well... almost anything.

Hearth's Warming Eve

Applejack (as Smart Cookie): Then... this is our fault. We three tribes... we brought this blizzard to our home by fightin' and not trustin' each other. Now it's destroyin' this land too.
Twilight Sparkle (as Clover the Clever): And now our bodies will become as cold as our hearts... all because we were foolish enough to hate.
[...]
Applejack (as Smart Cookie): No matter what our differences, we're all ponies.

Family Appreciation Day

Applejack: So I take it Family Appreciation Day went well?
Apple Bloom: Did it? My Granny Smith is super special! I just forgot that for a little while.

Baby Cakes

The report for this episode is written by Pinkie Pie.

Dear Princess Celestia,
I've always had fun playing with little kids and I thought babysitting them is just more playtime, right? Wrong! Being a caregiver is way more responsibility than just being a playmate, and today I learned that sometimes, our desire for responsibility can outrun our actual ability to handle it.

The Last Roundup

The report for this episode is written by Applejack.

Dear Princess Celestia,
It's a tad easier to be proud when you come in first than it is when you finish further back. But there's no reason to hide when you don't do as well as you'd hoped. You can't run away from your problems. Better to run to your friends and family.

The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

The report for this episode is written by Applejack.

Dear Princess Celestia,
I wanted to share my thoughts with you. [clears throat] I didn't learn anything! Ha! I was right all along! If you take your time to do things the right way, your work will speak for itself. Sure, I could tell you I learned somethin' about how my friends are always there to help me, and I can count on them no matter what, but truth is, I knew that already, too.

Read It and Weep

Twilight Sparkle: Reading is something everypony can enjoy, if they just give it a try.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, I get it. I shouldn't knock something until I've tried it.
Twilight Sparkle: That's a great lesson, and it would make a great letter to the Princess.

Hearts and Hooves Day

Cheerilee: We appreciate that you care about us and want us to be happy, but–
Apple Bloom: But no matter how good our intentions might have been, we shoulda never meddled in your relationship.
Scootaloo: No pony can force two ponies to be together.
Sweetie Belle: It's up to everypony to choose that very special somepony for themselves.

A Friend in Deed

The report for this episode is written by Pinkie Pie.

Dear Princess Celestia,
There are many different kinds of friends, and many ways to express friendship. Some friends like to run and laugh and play together. But others just like to be left alone, and that's fine too. But the best thing about friendship is being able to make your friends smile.

Putting Your Hoof Down

The report for this episode is written by Fluttershy.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes it can be hard for a shy pony like me to stand up for myself. When I first tried it, I didn't like the pony I became, but I learned that standing up for yourself isn't the same as changing who you are. Now I know how to put my hoof down without being unpleasant or mean.

It's About Time

Spike: I don't get it. If future Twilight wasn't warning you about a disaster, then what was she trying to tell you?
Twilight Sparkle: [giggles] I don't know. But I do know one thing. I look ridiculous.
Spike and Twilight Sparkle: [laughing]
Spike: Yeah, you do!
Twilight Sparkle: And it's all because I couldn't stop worrying and let the future handle itself! Well, not any more. From now on, I'm gonna solve problems as they come, and stop worrying about every little thing!

Dragon Quest

The report for this episode is written by Spike.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Seeing the Great Dragon Migration made me wonder what it meant to be a dragon, but now I realize that who I am is not the same as what I am. I may have been born a dragon, but Equestria and my pony friends had taught me how to be kind, loyal, and true. I'm proud to call Ponyville my home, and to have my pony friends as my family.
Yours truly,
Spike

Hurricane Fluttershy

The report for this episode is written by Fluttershy.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes you can feel like what you have to offer is too little to make a difference, but today, I learned that everypony's contributions is important, no matter how small. If you just keep your head high, do your best and believe in yourself, anything can happen.

Ponyville Confidential

The lesson for this episode is voiced over by the Cutie Mark Crusaders, which comes out as an apology for what they have caused to the citizens of Ponyville through their gossip column.

Sweetie Belle: To the citizens of Ponyville, for a while now, you've been reading this column to get the latest dirt and the hottest buzz. But this will be my final piece. We want to apologize for the pain and embarrassment we've caused.
Apple Bloom: Y'see, I'm actually three little fillies, Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo.
Scootaloo: As the popularity of our column grew, we got swept up in the hype. We knew that what we were doing didn't feel quite right, but we ignored the guilt because everypony seemed to want to read what we were writing.
Sweetie Belle: From now on, we promise to respect everypony else's privacy, and we won't engage in hurtful gossip any more.
Apple Bloom: All we can do is ask for your forgiveness, Ponyville. Signing off for the very last time, XOXO, Gabby Gums.

MMMystery on the Friendship Express

The report for this episode is written by Pinkie Pie.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned it's not good to jump to conclusions. You have to find out all the facts before saying somepony did something. If you don't, you could end up blaming somepony for something they never did. This could hurt their feelings. And it could make you feel really foolish. So from now on, I will make sure to always get all the facts.

A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2

Princess Celestia: This is your victory as much as theirs. You persisted in the face of doubt, and your actions led to your being able to bring the real Princess Cadance back to us. Learning to trust your instincts is a valuable lesson to learn.

Season three

Friendship letters are less prominent in the third season. The lessons are mostly delivered through dialogue.

The Crystal Empire - Part 2

Princess Celestia: Twilight, as I understand it, Spike brought Princess Cadance the Crystal Heart because you weren't sure how quickly you could find a way to escape the tower. You weren't willing to risk the future of the citizens of the Crystal Empire in an effort to guarantee your own. Far better that I have a student who understands the meaning of self-sacrifice than one who only looks out for her own best interests.

Too Many Pinkie Pies

The report for this episode is written by Pinkie Pie.

Dear Princess Celestia,
It's great to have fun, but it's even greater to have great friends. And having lots of friends means that you sometimes have to make choices as to who you'll spend your time with. But that's okay, because good friends will always give you lots of opportunities to have fun. So even if you're missing out, it's never for long.
Respectfully yours,
Pinkie Pie

One Bad Apple

Apple Bloom: Y'see Babs, we were tryin' to get you back for bein' a big bully...
Scootaloo: Then Applejack told us about how you were being bullied back in Manehattan.
Sweetie Belle: And we figured out you were just doing it to avoid getting picked on in Ponyville. But, by then... we were the ones being bullies. And... Oh, why does life have to be so ironic?!
Apple Bloom: Guess what we're trying to say is...
Cutie Mark Crusaders: We're sorry.
Babs Seed: [blows] I'm sorry too.
Applejack: [sighs] Y'know, this all could've been avoided if y'all just came to me in the very beginning.
Sweetie Belle: That's what I kept on saying!

Magic Duel

Twilight Sparkle: My magic alone wasn't powerful enough to take on the Alicorn Amulet head to head, so I needed to use a different kind of magic – the magic of friendship.

Sleepless in Ponyville

Princess Luna: Hmmm... Is the headless horse really what frightens you the most?
Scootaloo: Mmm-hmm. I'm afraid Rainbow Dash will find out I'm not as tough as she thinks I am.
Princess Luna: Everypony has fears, Scootaloo. Everypony must face them in their own way. But they must be faced, or the nightmares will continue. [...] Face your fears!

Wonderbolts Academy

Rainbow Dash: Yeah, well that "effective tactic" nearly took out my friends! No disrespect ma'am, but there's a big difference between pushing yourself as hard as you can, and just being reckless. And if being reckless is what gets rewarded around here, if that's what it means to be a Wonderbolt, then I don't want any part of it.

Apple Family Reunion

The report for this episode is written by Applejack.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today I learned a great lesson about family, which, if you think about it, is the first group of friends you ever met. Turns out that when you're with folks you care about, you don't have to do much to make that time memorable. Even the simplest of activities can take on a whole lotta meanin'! And you'll find that you'll remember the who long after you've forgotten the what.
Your humble subject,
Applejack

Spike at Your Service

Applejack: I know this "code" thing's important to you, but if something like this comes up in the future, think maybe we could go back to my code—say, "That's what friends do"—and leave it at that? I promise I won't think of you as any less noble.

Keep Calm and Flutter On

Discord: I like it better my way, but I guess when you're friends you can't always have things exactly your way all the time, eh?
[...]
Twilight Sparkle: You were right when you said Fluttershy would be the one to find the way to reform Discord. By treating Discord as a friend, she got him to realize that friendship was actually important to him. And something that, once he had, he didn't want to lose.
Fluttershy: Go on. Say it...
Discord: [groans] Alright. Friendship is magic.

Just for Sidekicks

Spike: Go ahead, Bunny. Do your worst. I deserve it. I ignored you, tried to pawn you off on someone else, I didn't take these silly things out, or fluff them like I was supposed to. I wasn't really thinking of you at all. Any of you. I just wanted the jewels. I hope you'll all forgive me someday.

Games Ponies Play

Rainbow Dash: [sighs] You know, it feels good to help others get something they always wanted but never had. Almost as good as getting it yourself. Almost.
[...]
Rainbow Dash: Huh, bummer Spike had to miss out on all this. He woulda' had fun here.
Twilight Sparkle: I'm sure he's having a great time watching all the critters back at home.
Applejack: Think he's still got a handle on things?
Twilight Sparkle: [breaths out] If he's staying calm and collected, I bet he's doing a terrific job as a leader.

Magical Mystery Cure

Twilight Sparkle: A little while ago, my teacher and mentor Princess Celestia sent me to live in Ponyville. She sent me to study friendship, which is something I didn't really care much about. But now, on a day like today, I can honestly say I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for the friendships I've made with all of you. Each one of you taught me something about friendship, and for that, I will always be grateful. Today, I consider myself the luckiest pony in Equestria. Thank you, friends. Thank you, everypony!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

Twilight Sparkle: The magic of friendship doesn't just exist in Equestria, it's everywhere. You can seek it out. Or you can forever be alone. The choice is yours.
[...]
Principal Celestia: I believe this belongs to you. A true princess in any world leads not by forcing others to bow before her, but by inspiring others to stand with her. We have all seen that you are capable of just that. I hope you see it, too, Princess Twilight.

Season four

Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2

Twilight Sparkle: You're right about one thing, Applejack. The Elements of Harmony did bring us together. But it isn't the Elements that will keep us connected. It's our friendship. And it's more important and more powerful than any magic. My new role in Equestria may mean I have to take on new responsibilities, and our friendships may be tested, but it will never, ever be broken.

Castle Mane-ia

Following Twilight's suggestion in the episode Castle Mane-ia, she and her friends share a journal in which they log their findings, which replaces the need to send reports to Princess Celestia.

Twilight Sparkle: Well, it's good to know that whenever your imagination is getting away from you, a good friend can help you rein it in. And even though I didn't find anything out about the mysterious chest, I'm glad I was here to help all of you.
Rarity: You certainly did that, Twilight.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah! Why weren't you scared?
Twilight Sparkle: Reading Celestia's diary made it hard to be afraid, because I knew what it was like when she and Luna lived here. Knowing something about the past made it easier to deal with my problems in the present, even the scary ones.

Daring Don't

The journal entry for this episode is written by Rainbow Dash.

Just had the coolest adventure with the coolest pony ever. Came this close to blowing it because I got so wrapped up in how awesome she was, I almost forgot about how awesome I was. Good thing I didn't, 'cause it gave me a chance to show her how important it is to put your trust in somepony else.

Flight to the Finish

Scootaloo: But flying is what Pegasus ponies are supposed to do! You flew when you carried the flag in the games!
Rainbow Dash: But that was me! You're you! And it just doesn't matter if you can fly or not. Your routine was amazing because it represented exactly what makes Ponyville special.
[...]
Scootaloo: But Rainbow Dash... what if... what if my wings never grow? What if I never fly?
Rainbow Dash: Listen, Scootaloo. Maybe you'll fly someday, or maybe you won't. You're all kinds of awesome anyway.

Power Ponies

Twilight Sparkle: We wouldn't have made it without you, Spike. And I hope you realize that just because we don't always need your help, it doesn't mean that we don't think you're helpful.
Spike: And that you don't have to have superpowers to be a super friend.

Bats!

Applejack: Be sure to put in there that I came to see that my short-term solution was a little short-sighted.
Fluttershy: And that you shouldn't let anypony pressure you into doing something you don't think is right. Sometimes you have to tell even your closest friends "no".

Rarity Takes Manehattan

The journal entry for this episode is written by Rarity.

Manehattan was simply grand. It was in this magnificent metropolis that I learned that while there are ponies who will take advantage of your generosity, you should never, ever let that cause you to abandon your generous spirit. Nothing feels worse than taking advantage of the giving nature of your friends.

Pinkie Apple Pie

Applejack: Think I'll write about how bein' a good family isn't about bein' perfect as much as it is about bein' able to get through the rough patches together. About bein' able to forgive each other for mistakes.
Apple Bloom: Don't forget to mention how really good friends can also feel like your family.

Rainbow Falls

The journal entry for this episode is written by Rainbow Dash.

Oh, I can't deny it. I love to win! But if I ever have to choose between winning and my friends, I'm always gonna choose my friends. 'Cause as much as I love winning, I love them waaaaay more.

Three's A Crowd

The journal entry for this episode is dictated by Twilight and written by Spike.

I think it's pretty clear that my visit with Cadance didn't go quite the way I expected. But in the end, I realized that when you're with a good friend, even the most chaotic day can end up being a great experience.

Pinkie Pride

The journal entry for this episode was written by Pinkie Pie, but it is not heard. Although, writer Amy Keating Rogers revealed that it will be shown in the book The Journal of the Two Sisters.[2]

Rainbow Dash: Pinkie, wait! I'm sorry I got all swept away by Cheese Sandwich.
[...]
Pinkie Pie: No. I'm sorry I let my pride get in the way of you having the best birth-iversary ever. Cheese Sandwich really is a super duper party planner, and he'll be a terrific headliner. I should've been a big enough pony to admit that and let you have your day.
Rainbow Dash: But don't you get it? You're both super duper party ponies. Sure, Cheese Sandwich is a great guest party pony, but you're Ponyville's permanent party pony. Nopony could ever take your place, and we could never have a party without you.

Simple Ways

The journal entry for this episode is written by Rarity.

Organizing the Ponyville Days Celebration was one of the hardest things I've ever done. But I learned an important lesson: real friends will like you for who you are, and changing yourself to impress them is no way to make new ones. And when you're as fabulous as I am, it's practically a crime.

Filli Vanilli

The journal entry for this episode is written by Fluttershy.

Sometimes, being afraid can stop you from doing something that you love. But hiding behind these fears means you're only hiding from your true self. It's much better to face those fears so you can shine and be the best pony you can possibly be.

Twilight Time

The journal entry for this episode is written by Sweetie Belle.

I guess Twilight must not be so super upset anymore, 'cause she's letting us do a diary entry like our sisters do. Boy, did we get our priorities mixed up. We started acting special because we were friends with someone special. We almost forgot the real reason she's special: because she's our friend. But she forgave us, and, like magic, things are good as new. That's the kind of magic I really wanna get good at...now that I'm getting so good at the other kind. We're just glad Twilight Time is back to normal...Well, almost back to normal.

It Ain't Easy Being Breezies

The journal entry for this episode is written by Fluttershy.

My experiences with the Breezies have helped me to see that kindness can take many forms. And, sometimes, being too kind can actually keep a friend from doing what they need to do. Pushing them away may seem cruel, but it's sometimes the kindest thing you can do.

Somepony to Watch Over Me

Applejack: I guess I did get a little carried away watchin' over you, and if you hadn't snuck out like you did, maybe I wouldn't have figured that out.
Apple Bloom: Yes! Now that is the kind of looking out for me I can definitely appreciate.

Maud Pie

Pinkie Pie: I'm sorry I put so much pressure on everypony to bond. I only wanted my friends to get to know my amazing older sister.
[...]
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie's happiness means as much to us as it does to you. And we're sorry we couldn't see it sooner. The thing that makes us click and makes a special bond between us is how much we all love Pinkie Pie.

For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils

Sweetie Belle: I'm sorry I got jealous about those dresses. I know now that you were only trying to help.
Rarity: Oh, Sweetie, I forgive you!

Leap of Faith

The journal entry for this episode is written by Applejack

Bein' honest sure gets hard when it seems like the truth might hurt somepony you care about. But I think believin' a lie can end up hurtin' them even more. Maybe some ponies don't care about that – but I sure ain't one of them.

Testing Testing 1, 2, 3

The journal entry for this episode is written by Twilight.

Rainbow Dash finally learned the history of the Wonderbolts. But she's not the only pony that needed a lesson. I needed to learn something just as important. One way of learning isn't better than another. After all, every pony is unique and individual.

Trade Ya!

Twilight Sparkle: None of those ponies had anything valuable enough to trade for my books. Not because these books belong to a princess, but because they helped make me who I am. Just like you said. This was the one I was so absorbed in the day Spike decided he owed Applejack a life debt. And this one reminds me of the day I got it – which was the day I met you. I may not ever need to read these again, but that doesn't mean they don't have value.
[...]
Rainbow Dash: I did want that book, a lot. I said I wanted it more than anything in all of Equestria. But there's no thing that's worth as much to me as a friend. I might have forgotten that for a little bit, but it's true.

IDW comics

Friendship is Magic Issue #8

Nightmares are nothing but fear that lives inside of you. You've shown me that we all have the power to defeat them if you just shine a little light of love on them!

Friendship is Magic Issue #14

Fluttershy: You can't force anypony—or any fishy—to stay with you. You need to trust that love will bring you back together. It's not for you to decide.

Friendship is Magic Issue #16

The bookworm wasn't the only one to learn a lesson that day. Sometimes we all need to remember that creativity and friendship fix just as many things as knowledge.

Micro-Series Issue #1

Jade Singer: You don't know what it's like being that great out of the gate. And having to live up to that a second time.
Twilight Sparkle: But I do. When I tested for magic school, I made such a splash that Princess Celestia took me as her personal student. I have to live up to that every day.
Jade Singer: How do you do it?
Twilight Sparkle: It's hard, but then I was sent to Ponyville and I made friends, and then it wasn't so bad. They support me. They celebrate my victories and catch me when I fall.

Additionally, the following letter is addressed from Princess Celestia to Twilight Sparkle:

Twilight Sparkle,
I ask you to write me letters about your lessons in friendship. Today I have to write YOU one.
You see, I was friends with Jade Singer years ago, but her fame and her fear turned her cold and distant. One of the last times I spoke with her was when I allowed her to "hide" as the archivist.
Thank you for taking care of her, for reaching her, for bringing her talent back into the world. But most of all--
--thank you for bringing back my friend.

Micro-Series Issue #4

The report for this issue is written by Fluttershy.

...and that's how I learned that you should never let your fear of being criticized stop you from expressing yourself through art!
Especially if you have terrific friends to help you do it!
Even though I suspect they do not truly understand the artistic impulse that drives me.
Which makes them even more terrific!

Micro-Series Issue #5

The report for this issue is written by Pinkie Pie.

Dear Princess Celestia:
Today I learned that sometimes it can be hard doing something that you love—especially if you've been doing it for a long time!
But with the help of a new outlook, we can always find a way to keep being involved.
You're never too old to be a part of what you love!
I'm glad I was able to help Ponyacci keep being funny—even off the stage.
And knowing that you've helped someone fulfill their dream...
...can be just as good as fulfilling your own!
—Pinkie Pie

Micro-Series Issue #6

The report for this issue is written by Applejack.

Dear Princess Celestia,
If there's one thing I've learned this Hearth's Warming Eve, it's that holidays can get a might crazy. Seems like there's always a million things to do, and so little time to do it!
But if you don't take a moment to slow down—really slow down—and spend a little time with your family, you might miss what the holiday is truly all about...
...comin' together, and appreciating just how important every single pony is. After all, even those closest to you...
...might just surprise ya.
Sincerely,
Applejack.

Micro-Series Issue #7

The report for this issue is written by Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo.

Dear Princess Celestia:
We formed the Cutie Mark Crusaders in order to find out what we wanted to be.
Imagine how we felt when we met Imp, who could be anything!
But Mimickers like Imp want to learn about the world—we just wanted Imp to turn into fun stuff.
We should have treated her like a friend, not a toy.
We're going to let Imp grow up at her own pace.
And maybe when we're all a little more mature, we can be friends again!
Until then, she'll be waiting for us in her home.
Sincerely,
the Cutie Mark Crusaders,
Applebloom[sic]
Sweetie Belle
Scootaloo

Micro-Series Issue #9

Twilight Sparkle: I think you'll be writing the letter to Princess Celestia on this one, Spike.
Spike: Yes! I can tell her how I raised... ...the... best... pets... ever!

Friends Forever Issue #3

The following letter is addressed from Princess Celestia to Spike:

Dear Spike,
Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to spend the day on an adventure.
As a princess and a teacher, I don't often have the chance to have fun. It was a great pleasure to journey with you.
But more than that, you reminded me that sometimes our roles can change.
A teacher can become an adventurer. A sidekick can become a leader. A student can become a princess.
And sometimes, someone we hardly know...
...can become a friend.
Your friend forever,
Celestia

Other media

Facebook

This report was posted by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page on August 13, 2012.[3]

Dear Princess Celestia,
This summer I learned that my friends and I can make a big difference in people's lives! If you want to see what we've done together, you should visit our friends at @generationOn: http://bit.ly/LMvPER

Live Show

Dear Princess Celestia,
I've learned that sometimes the way we expect things to go isn't always the way they'll end up going. Life never seems to work that way. So the real challenge is to welcome new approaches in getting things done. If we can let go of what we thought was the right way of doing things, and instead choose to work together to find a new way to achieve our goals, well, anything is possible! Especially with the help of all your friends.

Magazines

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Princess Celestia: Did you learn anything about friendship today, Twilight Sparkle?
Twilight Sparkle: Yes, I learned it's good to listen to your friends! If you don't, things can get messy!
Twilight Sparkle: Rainbow Dash knew best all along!
Princess Celestia: That's right!

Der Stern der Winterträume

Twilight Sparkle: Jetzt verstehe ich! Der Stern schenkt mit seiner schönen Musik schöne Träume!
Applejack: Die werde ich haben!
Twilight Sparkle: Das muss ich morgen früh gleich Prinzessin Celestia schreiben...

Mach mal Pause!

Applejack: Zu jedem guten Training gehören Pausen.
Rainbow Dash: Aber ich bin nicht müde oder so.
Doch beim Blick in den Spiegel ...
Rainbow Dash: Oh! Ich sehe aus wie ein Wrack.
Pinkie Pie: Nicht nur diese Fitness-Brühe trinken!
Applejack: Vielleicht solltest du mal wieder etwas essen.
Rainbow Dash: Lecker! Ich glaube, ihr habt recht.
Endlich kann die Wanderung beginnen ...
Pinkie Pie: Wie schön es hier im Wald ist!
Twilight Sparkle: So romantisch!
Applejack: Und wie gefällt es dir, Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow Dash: Es ist super!
Applejack: Und morgen kannst du ganz frisch trainieren.
Spike: Sag ich doch! Es geht nichts über eine Pause!

San Diego Comic-Con Panel

This report, spoken by Tara Strong on July 13, 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con International, is included in the bonus feature San Diego Comic-Con My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Panel on the DVD My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Season Two Disc 4.

Dear Princess Celestia,
Today, I met some very... interesting people, who I think I can now call, friends.
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Software

Discover the Difference

Dear Princess Celestia,
Making new friends is fun; even though it can be scary at first.
Dear Princess Celestia,
When friends get together, it creates magic; and that's what true friendship is all about!
Dear Princess Celestia,
Things are more fun when they can be shared with friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
While friendship is about giving, it is also about accepting what our friends have to offer.
Dear Princess Celestia,
When someone is true to herself, she will find her truest friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
No one should be afraid to share the unique qualities that make her special.
Dear Princess Celestia,
The power of friendship can make even the most shy pony find her inner strength.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Even ponies who seem very different can become very good friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Getting to know a pony is much better than making assumptions based on what she looks like.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Everypony's thoughts and ideas are important to listen to, even if they don't seem to make sense at first!
Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes the things that make you feel left out, are actually the things that bring you closer to your true friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
In any friendly competition, it's always important to remember that the "friendship" is more important than the "competition."
Dear Princess Celestia,
Some things in this world you just can't explain; but that doesn't mean that they are any less true, just that you have to choose to believe in them.
Dear Princess Celestia,
True friends believe in you (even when you don't believe in yourself!), and they are happy to celebrate your successes.
Dear Princess Celestia,
By embracing her true talents, a pony will eventually find her true friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Even the most unlikely of partners can become friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Everypony, everywhere has a special connection with her friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Even the most boring tasks can be fun if you do them with friends.
Dear Princess Celestia,
A good friend always has your best interests at heart.
Dear Princess Celestia,
Friends always help to make things GREAT!

Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day

My friends all arrived to help and everything went smoothly. Friendship was the only magic I needed today!

Rarity Loves Fashion

Rarity made her friends super-happy. And that made her happy. After all, helping others is always in fashion!

Things That Go Bump in the Night

We learned something last night. Things that go bump in the night might be in your imagination!

Twilight Sparkle's Special Lesson

My friends all came to help and everything went smoothly. Friendship was the only magic I needed today!

Storybooks

Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell

Twilight Sparkle: I thought that listening to my own heart meant choosing whatever things I wanted in the kingdom. Now I know that a princess is not defined by the things she chooses for her kingdom. All that matters is how she treats other ponies, especially her friends.

This report is included under the activity title "The Write Stuff" on one of the bonus pages in the back of the book, for the reader to fill out.

Dear Princess Celestia,
My friends are named __.
Some fun activities we like to do together are _, _, and _.
Our favorite movie to watch together is _.
The best part about friendship is _!
I would also like to tell you that __.
Your faithful student,
_

Pinkie Pie and the Rocking Ponypalooza Party

Cloudy Quartz: We love you just as you are.

Under the Sparkling Sea

Dear Princess,
Aquastria is unlike any other place I have been to! But the friends I made here are a lot like us, and I learned an important lesson about friendship today. Sometimes, helping a friend is more important than proving you're the best. We won the race together and found out that new friends are the best prize ever!
Your faithful student,
Twilight Sparkle

Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare

Rainbow Dash: Remember, it may seem cool to be brave and daring—and it totally is awesome—but if there's one thing I learned as Daring Dash, it's that sometimes the bravest thing a pony can do is accept help from her friends, even when she doesn't think she needs it!

References

  1. Lauren Faust discussing different interpretations of Feeling Pinkie Keen ( archived locally). 2011-02-11.
  2. Amy Keating Rogers (2014-02-01). Pinkie wrote in.... Twitter. Retrieved on 2014 February 2.
  3. Friendship report posted by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page (2012-08-13). Retrieved on 2012 August 13.

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