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Quotes of the Day for 25 November 2002 – Friendship

In the US, Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday of this week, and I'm thankful for too many things to limit it to a single day. Besides, if the past is any guide I'll be exploring the frontiers of gluttony on that day. If you are among our foreign readers, think of it as "Gentle Virtues Week." Still to come: Serenity, Family, Abundance, Peace, and Love. (Cynics among the readership might note that this is the first time I've ever planned a week in advance.) Today's theme is Friendship.

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The quotes:

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island ... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
     - Baltasar Gracian

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.
     - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834 - 1892

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
     - Clive Staples Lewis, 1898 - 1963

There is an important difference between love and friendship. While the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equality.
     - Françoise d'Aubigné Maintenon

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility; never an opportunity.
     - Kahlil Gibran

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
     - Muhammad Ali

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