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On Friendship

And a youth said,

Speak to us of Friendship. And he answered,  saying:

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and fireside. For you come to him with your hunger,

and you seek him for peace.

When your freind speaks his mind  you fear not the “nay” in your mind,

nor do you withhold the “ay”.  And when he is silent

your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations

are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him, may be clearer in his absence,

as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendhip save the deepening spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery

is not love but a net cast forth; and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your needs,

but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,

and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things

the heart finds its morning

and is refreshed.

Kahil Gibran, The Prophet

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Warton



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