View Poll Results: How many friends do you have?

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  • I can count my friends on the fingers of my hand.

    44 78.57%
  • between 5 and 10

    7 12.50%
  • between 10 and 20

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  • between 20 and 30

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Thread: The Nature and Value of Friendship

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlluSionSxxx View Post
    The more people you'll trust, the more people will abuse your trust. However, the more people abuse your trust, the more life experience you gain and the better you'll be able to judge others.

    Life is a game of give and take. If you never give your trust to others, you'll die as an old cynic and you'll never be able to fully appreciate life.
    *gasp* ...I wholeheartedly agree with every little comma there, thank you...

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    The good thing about friendship is that unlike your family, you get to choose your friends. A friend makes a difference in my life. He's fun to be with and all that but what's more important is that I can count on my friends and viceversa. When I'm in distress, they won't sit and watch. Friendship is about honesty, lies don't fit in a friendship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lögsögumaður View Post
    For me a real friend is a person that would be almost as close as a brother.
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    In a woman's love is injustice and blindness towards all that she does not love... Woman is not yet capable of friendship: women are still cats and birds. Or, at best, cows. Woman is not yet capable of friendship. But tell me, you men, which of you is yet capable of friendship? --- Nietzsche, TSZ

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    I think friendship is a complex subject, but I think it comes down to loyalty and trust. I think a friend is someone who can open up to you, and someone you can confide in among other things.

    I like this thread I find it to be rather enlightening.
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    Friendship

    I do not give my friendship easily. When I do, it is a serious matter to me. I am concerned about my friends, and I am glad to be able to say that they are concerned about me. I am intensely loyal to my friends. Often, in a friendship, I give more than I get, gladly. This is usually because I am in a better position to give.

    Being a bachelor, I do not have a family to take precedence over my friends. I have, in general, been better treated by my friends than by my relatives. After all, I CHOSE my friends.

    Others, with whom I have some kind of social relationship, are acquaintances. Some are useful, some are amusing. I do not make confidantes of them, I do not trust them, and, especially, I do NOT lend them money. They outnumber my friends by about four to one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egil Skallagrimsson
    After all, I CHOSE my friends.
    This is C. S. Lewis' reason for calling friendship "the least necessary love" and, therefore, uniquely precious. He notes that the distinction b/n friends and lovers is this: lovers are constantly facing one another, each the object of the other's love. Friends are constantly shoulder to shoulder, each sharing some third object of interest.

    ''Fair weather friends" are not, to my mind, friends at all.

    Like Egil, I count few friends; they have been hard won and are fiercely defended. But they're also the people I rely upon to give me honest appraisals of my life; some of these appraisals I hold and some I don't. But I expect no coddling from them in this regard.

    I've family members whom I will support no matter what, as is my duty. But I've friends I will support no matter what, as is my passion. And every so often, friend and family are the same. These are the best.

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    I used to have many friends, but relegated them to acquaintance status for lack of trust and exposure to one another. I have 2 people I truly call friend, aside from my wife, one of whom I know I could trust my life, wife and family with.

    The majority of people aren't good friend material, let alone good people, which is why I think most good people have very few close friends, like the two gentlemen above me.

    Quality > quantity.

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    I used to believe, that with many friends, came joy. But I guess I learned the hard way, so now I stand alone.

    But do not fear, I got my friends as do you. The only reason for my bitterness, is that my friends are all over seven hours away from me. And that is including my girlfriend.

    My earlier friends would have fun with me, and do whatever. But they would never visit me, even at my home! No friends of mine have ever seen my house, where I live and have lived for the past four years. No one, except my girlfriend. And because my "friends" that live so far away from me, I am still unsure of calling them friends, as I haven't experienced how it would be to live around them.

    So until that day, my only friends would be my beloved girlfriend, mother, sister and stepfather.

    Friends are good, but it is only sad that you can't trust half of those you would consider friends. Atleast, that's how I feel.

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    I prefer close good friends to alot of friends which I wouldnt know so well. I only trust two of my friends very much, one friend I have borrowed some cash too and he hasnt paid me back, he uses his cash to buy records and alcohol and go to concerts rather than paying his "friend" back. Even when its not much cash it is, each time I ask him for it he says he is broke. So I dont care to lend out cash to persons I dont trust anymore. Friendship is important and alot of my old friends from when I lived in Oslo and north-Norway I have little contact with or share very few interests with. Nowadays I just get to know people that share some of my interests like metal-music, viking-age etc.

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    In my life I have learned that friends aren't exactly as they are when you are young. As a child and teenager, so many times it seemed friends was all I had. After high school was over about 8 years ago they disappeared one by one.

    It seems in adult life ...you probably can count the real ones on a single hand, if that. I don't worry about how many friends I have, I have a family, they are always friends. My husband is my best friend, as he was when we were 10...

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