On Friendship

by Kahlil Gibran


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 your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger,

and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay”

in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

for with out words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires,

all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unclaimed

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 friendship Save the

deepening of the 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 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 always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need,

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.              

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