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From JK Rowling to Stephen King: Here’s what top writers have to say about friendship

On Friendship Day, here’s a list of truths about friendship as articulated by those whose job is to closely observe life and human nature.

books Updated: Aug 06, 2017 08:33 IST
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Friends are the family we choose.
Friends are the family we choose. (Shutterstock)

Much like all other relationships, finding (and keeping) good friends in life is a matter of luck (hard work yes, but also good luck). Real friends are a blessing, and it doesn’t matter whether you have two or twenty as long as they like you for who you are and keep you rooted in reality. On Friendship Day, here’s a list of truths about friendship as articulated by those whose job is to closely observe life and human nature:

“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.”

– Oscar Wilde

“His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.”

– JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“I think that real friendship always makes us feel such sweet gratitude, because the world almost always seems like a very hard desert, and the flowers that grow there seem to grow against such high odds.”

– Stephen King, The Eyes of the Dragon

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.”

– Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City

“Friendship is something in the soul. It is a thing one feels. It is not a return for something.”

– Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter

“The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one!”

– C S Lewis, The Four Loves

“I don’t like to commit myself about Heaven and Hell, you see, I have friends in both places.”

– Mark Twain

“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.”

– W Somerset Maugham

“Friendship is a precious thing, Sayuri. One mustn’t throw it away.”

– Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

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