Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aristotle on friendship

The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.
This is both discouraging and encouraging. Aristotle wrote a lot more about friendship, which I would like to read sometime.

4 comments:

Linda said...

That's interesting to me to see that even Aristotle all those years ago recognized this. Some things don't change. I've always been challenged with the Proverb:A man who has friends must himself be friendly... that not being my natural inclination often...
Pr.18:24
Hmm... but I see just now that this verse has many divergent translations. Hmmm.

Anyway, thanks for the quote. I have not read Aristotle.

Ali said...

Thanks for coming by Linda. Yes, Aristotle is actually very positive about the value of friendship ... guess he just saw the effort involved also.

That's curious. I had not come across your interpretation before, so I looked up Prov 18:24 and my version says "A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother". That resonates with me - being a big introvert who prefers a few very good friends to a large circle of acquaintances.

Linda said...

Oh yes! I like that one best. What version are you reading?

Ali said...

I looked that up in the Holman. I'm pretty sure the ESV (which I finished reading some time ago) says something similar.