Wednesday, February 22, 2006


"Without friends no one would choose to live".

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit".

"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".

- Aristotle


Anonymous Petri said...

I've always had great friends and the impact on the quality of my life they have had is immeasurable. A couple of years ago I really got a hold of how important friends are, and contacted some really old friends on many fronts. It has been well worth it, resurrecting some of the best life has to offer.

The very greatest of friends I tend to quarrel with (or have very long pauses in meeting) at times. The ones that realise this is a Necessity -- that sometimes the exchange can only get better this way -- have become closer than ever.

Some friends I have lost, but I still consider them star friendships in the nietzschean vein and pay homage to all the great things they bestowed upon me. Maybe, someday, our courses may meet again. Maybe not.

You have always been a very loyal friend and endured equally my unfairness and fairness. In some ways we are almost opposites -- which I consider a great richness -- but as far as I see it, we tend to have similar values and support similar causes (albeit maybe for slightly different reasons).

Here's to another million years of Friendship!

8:59 pm  
Anonymous Kevin said...

There is a great Wesley Willis quote, that I know you will appreciate:

"You are my friend to the end. I love you like a road lizard."

I consider that a lifetime of friendship requires commitment and dedication to seeing what is best in an individual - what is essential and most true in their self, goals and dreams - and addressing the shortcomings. To paraphrase Marcus Aurelius " I wish I had friends like my enemies"

11:04 pm  
Blogger Ensio Kataja said...

It was good old Goethe who wrote that

To know someone here or there
with whom you can feel
there is understanding
in spite of distances or
thoughts expressed
that can make life a garden.

I agree with that wholeheartedly.

It is good to meet you guys soon again.

8:09 am  
Blogger Tapio Kotkavuori said...

Dear Friends,

thank you for your great notes.

I put quotes from Aristotle to the blog because they grasp so well how I feel about the subject. During the last few days this was emphasized big time for a certain reason...

Life without friends would be just plain awful.

8:17 am  

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