... 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.
Friday, April 20, 2012
C.S. Lewis on love and friendship
It is pointless, of course, to waste time refuting the vacuous arguments of the Stupid People. Hence, I devote little time to them, other than to point out their obvious stupidity. However, this quote from The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis is most appropriate as a rejoinder to the poisonous pap of Paul Oestreicher. The emphasis in the first sentence is added for what should be obvious reasons.