Thursday, June 8, 2023

Quote of the Day (Randolph Bourne, on Friends as ‘Infallible Safeguards Against Misery and Poverty of Spirit’)

“A man with few friends is only half-developed; there are whole sides of his nature which are locked up and have never been expressed. He cannot unlock them himself, he cannot even discover them; friends alone can stimulate him and open them. Such a man is in prison; his soul is in penal solitude. A man must get friends as he would get food and drink for nourishment and sustenance. And he must keep them, as he would keep health and wealth, as the infallible safeguards against misery and poverty of spirit.”—Progressive Era essayist, social critic, and disabilities advocate Randolph Bourne (1886-1918), Youth and Life (1911)

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