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Aristotle on friendship


The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.

This is both discouraging and encouraging. Aristotle wrote a lot more about friendship, which I would like to read sometime.

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  • That's interesting to me to see that even Aristotle all those years ago recognized this. Some things don't change. I've always been challenged with the Proverb:A man who has friends must himself be friendly… that not being my natural inclination often…
    Pr.18:24
    Hmm… but I see just now that this verse has many divergent translations. Hmmm.

    Anyway, thanks for the quote. I have not read Aristotle.

  • Thanks for coming by Linda. Yes, Aristotle is actually very positive about the value of friendship … guess he just saw the effort involved also.

    That's curious. I had not come across your interpretation before, so I looked up Prov 18:24 and my version says "A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother". That resonates with me – being a big introvert who prefers a few very good friends to a large circle of acquaintances.

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