Posted by Smokey Stover on July 08, 2006
In Reply to: Friendship is a sweet responsibility; never an opportunity posted by Judy on July 07, 2006
: What does this qoute means "Friendship is a sweet responsibility; never an opportunity by Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American poet, philosopher, essayist, and lecturer. His spiritual and inspirational writings, best known from his book, "The Prophet," are said to have been influenced by the Bible, William Blake, and Friedrich Nietzsche. They are full of good thoughts and common sense, and his thoughts are well-expressed in a series of memorable sentences and paragraphs. He wrote what Jesus might have written, had He had more time and a typewriter. (That's just a personal opinion, of course, but I think it may have been Gibran's object to give us the kind of advice that he thought Jesus would have done.)
In the oft-quoted sentence above, Gibran is saying that friendship is something we cultivate out of love, not take from by exploitation.