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Friendship Defined

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:

  • “One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable.”
  • “One who understands our silence.”
  • “A volume of sympathy bound in cloth.”
  • “A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down.”

The winning definition read:

  • “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”

Bits and Pieces, July, 1991