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True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
Friendships that have stood the test of time and chance are surely best, Brows may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend -- or a meaningful day.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another.
Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. [Proverbs 18:24]
Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness...
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. -
Without friends no one would choose to live.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
Friendship needs no words...
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
The friendship that can cease has never been real.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. [Proverbs 27:19]
A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure.
Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
To each one of us friendship has a different meaning. For all of us it is a gift. Friendship needs to be cherished and nurtured. It needs to be cultivated on a daily basis. Then shall it germinate and yield its fruit.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it
The gift of friendship... a willingness to listen... a pair of helping hands... a whisper from the heart. That someone cares and understands.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.
What is a friend? I will tell you it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.
Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.
Friendship is to have the latchkey of another's mind.
Life is nothing without friendship.
Friendship is Love without his wings!
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere.
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Friendship is a very simple word, very commonly used. The word friend is almost used on a daily basis. Yet, the depth and meaning of friendship certainly go beyond the simple and the common. Throughout history friendship has been a favorite theme for many writers. The following passages highlight what others have said about friendship in the past.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.
The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.
There is no friend as loyal as a book
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
I have always laid it down as a maxim --and found it justified by experience --that a man and a woman make far better friendships than can exist between two of the same sex --but then with the condition that they never have made or are to make love to each other.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
A friend loveth at all times. [Proverbs 17:17]
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.
I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Friends are proved by adversity.
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil -- but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often -- just to save it from drying out completely
Friendships are fragile things and require as much care in handling as any other fragile and precious thing.
It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
Friendship is a comforting smile, A familiar voice that warms the heart, and the freedom to be the person God intended.
It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.
Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up.
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
Your friend is your needs answered.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
... I remember you and recall you without effort, without exercise of will; that is, by natural impulse, indicated by a sense of duty, or of obligation. And that, I take it, is the only sort of remembering worth the having. When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy -- that it is built upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.
Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Friendship is like vitamins, we supplement each other's minimum daily requirements
Precious gifts of friendship... knowing the heart of another, sharing one's heart with another.
Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.
The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.
Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
Friends show their love in times of trouble...
Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Thank You Friend I never came to you, my friend, and went away without some new enrichment of the heart; More faith and less of doubt, more courage in the days ahead. And often in great need coming to you, I went away comforted indeed. How can I find the shining word, the glowing phrase that tells all that your love has meant to me, all that your friendship spells? There is no word, no phrase for you on whom I so depend. All I can say to you is this, God bless you precious friend.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
The book is closed, the year is done, The pages full of tasks begun. A little joy, a little care, Along with dreams, are written there. This new day brings another year, Renewing hope, dispelling fear. And we may find before the end, A deep content, another friend.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Friendship is a priceless treasure never to be bought or sold -- it can only be cherished.
The miracle of friendship can be spoken without words... hearing unspoken needs, recognizing secret dreams, understanding the silent things that only true friend know.
Friendship is love with understanding.
The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy.
Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate.
The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist.
I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.
Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins. Love between a man and a woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self-seeking. But to have a friend and to be true under any and all trials is the mark of a man!
A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.
And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits.
Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer.
Friendship is a precious gift. To give at Christmas time. A Cherished gift, a treasured gift that lasts through all time.
He whose hand is clasped in friendship cannot throw mud.
Among Life's precious jewels, Genuine and rare, The one that we call friendship Has worth beyond compare.
A friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us. The friend asks no return but that his friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other's hopes. They are kind to each other's dreams.
Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love.
Who ceases to be a friend never was one.
With true friends... even water drunk together is sweet enough.
A friend is someone who doesn't like the same people you do.
It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.
The time to make friends is before you need them.
God gives us our relatives -- thank God we can choose our friends.
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
Instead of loving your enemies -- treat your friends a little better.
The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it.
There is an electricity about a friendship relationship. We are both more relaxed and more sensitive, more creative and more reflective, more energetic and more casual, more excited and more serene. It is as though when we come in contact with our friend we enter into a different environment. ANDREW M. GREELEY
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
When all is said and done, friendship is the only trustworthy fabric of the affections. So-called love is a delirious inhuman state of mind: when hot it substitutes indulgence for fair play; when cold it is cruel, but friendship is warmth in cold, firm ground in a bog.
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.
To find a friend one must close one eye -- to keep him, two.
Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.
Give me one friend, just one, who meets The needs of all my varying moods.
I have had, and may have still, a thousand friends, as they are called, in life, who are like one's partners in the waltz of this world --not much remembered when the ball is over.
Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter.
Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.
Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.
Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first... when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.
Friendship should be a responsibility, never an opportunity.
We die as often as we lose a friend.
I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred --that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.
A friend is a present you give to yourself.
Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
It's funny, isn't it? How your best friend can just blow up like that?
Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
The road to a friend's house is never long.
Your friendship is your needs answered.
Short judgments make long friends.
Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need.
Keep out of the suction caused by those who drift backwards.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people looks back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to keep by force of inertia.
Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.
Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
Friends and neighbors, the taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing abatement.
We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family --but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
Win hearts, and you have hands and purses.
Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
Friends, both the imaginary ones you build for yourself out of phrases taken from a living writer, or real ones from college, and relatives, despite all the waste of ceremony and fakery and the fact that out of an hour of conversation you may have only five minutes in which the old entente reappears, are the only real means for foreign ideas to enter your brain.
Star friendship.— We were friends and have become estranged. But this was right, and we do not want to conceal and obscure it from ourselves as if we had reason to feel ashamed. We are two ships each of which has its goal and course; our paths may cross and we may celebrate a feast together, as we did—and then the good ships rested so quietly in one harbor and one sunshine that it may have looked as if they had reached their goal and as if they had one goal. But then the almighty force of our tasks drove us apart again into different seas and sunny zones, and perhaps we shall never see one another again,—perhaps we shall meet again but fail to recognize each other: our exposure to different seas and suns has changed us! That we have to become estranged is the law above us: by the same token we should also become more venerable for each other! And thus the memory of our former friendship should become more sacred! There is probably a tremendous but invisible stellar orbit in which our very different ways and goals may be included as small parts of this path,—let us rise up to this thought! But our