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Daemon
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
pedro
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 5:28:51 AM
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You have to do something seriously stupid to lose your genuine old friends. That's why they're precious and why you grieve when they're gone.
jcbarros
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:44:15 AM

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In other words, reveal your true personality.
Aziz
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 8:29:18 AM
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Precisely in the context of Emerson view, friends are made in various phases of life from schooling to professional life and level of comfort with different friends varies from situation to situation. However, the level of comfort and frankness with old friends is greater than friends made in the later part of life, who may not be aware of all phases of one's life to be shared with them. On this analogy, life cycle would definitely been a bit of roller coaster, which i am not sure how Emerson would have it.
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I'm pleased to have such friends and such freedom
Haz
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We are lucky if we have more than three or four true friends throughout the course of our lives.
Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 10:16:23 AM
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Daemon wrote:
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Real friends are those who know and appreciate you as you are. It's a miracle if you give it a second thought.
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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 1:56:01 PM
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Daemon wrote:
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


That is also one of the blessings of personal records, notes, diaries left undisturbed for many years before being offered to later generations
for thoughtful examination in the new light of the day. "Emerson in His Journals"
Absurdicuss
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:33:53 PM
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pedro wrote:
You have to do something seriously stupid to lose your genuine old friends. That's why they're precious and why you grieve when they're gone.



Amen!
capitán
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:56:57 PM

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Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
Friedrich Nietzsche
ellana
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 3:41:15 PM
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Having been a global vagabond, I keep and cherish some dear old friends here and there. Not many, but dear ones.
monamagda
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:55:47 PM

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GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUES, In the prologue of his 'DOCE CUENTOS PEREGRINOS'(Strange Pilgrims)wrote about friendship:
"I dreamed I was attending my own funeral, walking with a group of friends dressed in solemn mourning but in a festive mood. We all seemed happy to be together. And I more than anyone else, because of the wonderful opportunity that death afforded me to be with my friends from Latin America, my oldest and dearest friends, the ones I had not seen for so long. At the end of the service, when they began to disperse, I attempted to leave too, but one of them made me see with decisive finality that as far as I was concerned, the party was over "You're the only one who can't go," he said. Only then did I understand that dying means never being with friends again.!

"Soñé que asistía a mi propio entierro, a pie, caminando entre un grupo de amigos vestidos de luto solemne, pero con un ánimo de fiesta. Todos parecíamos dichosos de estar juntos. Y yo más que nadie, por aquella grata oportunidad que me daba la muerte para estar con mis amigos de América Latina, los más antiguos, los más queridos, los que no veía desde hacía más tiempo. Al final de la ceremonia, cuando empezaron a irse, yo intenté acompañarlos, pero uno de ellos me hizo ver con una severidad terminante que para mí se había acabado la fiesta. «Eres el único que no puede irse», me dijo. Sólo entonces comprendí que morir es no estar nunca más con los amigos."

mustafa barakat 1
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 5:32:11 PM

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Real friends are those who appreciate you as a whole, the good and the bad, your advantages and disadvantages.
Marguerite
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 9:51:53 PM

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I love Capitan's answer as I generally do, but the newbie monamagda that quoted GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUES crystalized the article in the quote. Thank you for that beautiful quote. We all must die, which is an injustice in itself, but far more of an injustice than death, is living one's life without friends.
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