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Single Idea 7916

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / d. Friendship]

Full Idea

Rare though true love may be, true friendship is rarer still.

Gist of Idea

True friendship is even rarer than true love


La Rochefoucauld (Maxims [1663], 473)

Book Reference

Rochefoucauld,La: 'Maxims' [Penguin 1959], p.92

A Reaction

This seems to be true. Our culture doesn't encourage friendship as a high ideal. Are women better at friendship than men? Which culture, past or present, led to the greatest flourishing of friendship? Epicurus's Garden?