“Those who quickly show the marks of friendship to each other wish to be friends, but are not friends unless they both are lovable and know the fact; for a wish for friendship may arise quickly, but friendship does not.”
Here are official definitions of both words:
- a person whom one knows
- someone recognized by sight or someone known, though not intimately
- a person one knows by a relationship less intimate than friendship
- a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
- a person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
- a person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
- one attached to another by affection or esteem
- one that is not hostile
- a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations
- a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection and loyalty
“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
To me, a friend is someone you choose to hang out with; to watch your favorite movies with; to party with and to absolutely do nothing with- someone that you don’t have to see but would truly like to see.
To me, a best friend is someone who knows you better than you know yourself and still chooses and wants to be around you; someone you call without any hesitation whether you are at your best or at your worst; someone you can implicitly trust with your secrets and most fragile feelings; someone that has your back and is loyal and true to you; someone who is painfully honest and is caring enough to criticize or compliment you as you may so deserve- someone you feel free to be yourself with; without any reservations or fear. A best friend is someone you go to on a dreary Sunday afternoon when your spirits are way low and nothing makes any sense- when the air you breathe feels too heavy to inhale.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Therefore, I seldom take up a friend and only once in the bluest moon single out someone as my best friend. Most people swim in a sea of friends; but never have the fortune of realizing a single best friend.
Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in virtue; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good themselves. Now those who wish well to their friends for their sake are most truly friends; for they do this by reason of own nature and not incidentally; therefore their friendship lasts as long as they are good-and goodness is an enduring thing…But it is natural that such friendships should be infrequent; for such men are rare.
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