replied 'Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field in
which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the 'nay' in your
own mind nor do you withold the 'ay'.
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart:
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all
expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
Let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your
tide let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you shuld seek him with hours to
kill? Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and
sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.'
Extracts from 'The Prophet' by Kalhil Gibran.