July 20, 2011

Life Well-Lived, Vol. 9

Happy Wednesday!  Today marks 9 WEEKS of  "Life Well Lived" For NINE Wednesdays, I have blogged about the things in my life that I can recognize and celebrate and that make my life very well lived.  

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Today is the Girlfriends Edition of LWL for me.  There are so many amazing women in my life, and this blog will show just a sampling of images of these fierce females (so please don't be upset if you don't see yourself on here.  Chances are high that if you read this blog and you're a female, you're very special to me) along with some quotes about friendship.

Ladies...sometimes I couldn't get through the day without you.  I love you all, and you're imperative to my high quality of life.

"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them." — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." — C.S. Lewis

"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." — Marlene Dietrich

"Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation." — Tennessee Williams

"You know what the secret is? It's so simple. We love one another. We're nice to one another. Do you know how rare that is? - Carmen" — Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

"Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend. The rest of us know that though we can have erotic love and friendship for the same person yet in some ways nothing is less like a Friendship than a love-affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their Friendship. Lovers are normally face to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest. Above all, Eros (while it lasts) is necessarily between two only. But two, far from being the necessary number for Friendship, is not even the best. And the reason for this is important.

... In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets... Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth, if only the newcomer is qualified to become a real friend. They can then say, as the blessed souls say in Dante, "Here comes one who will augment our loves." For in this love "to divide is not to take away." — C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)

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