Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Build Friendships or Eat Your Own Heart

“Those who lack friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts….This communicating of a man’s self to his friends works two contrary effects; for it redoubles joys and cuts griefs in half.” (Francis Bacon, “Of Friendship,” 1625)

Quoted by David Powlison in his interview with C.J.


Julianne said...

These words humble me and remind me that I am not able to sustain myself on my own will. I need others, and what's more, I was created for relationship.

These words were what I needed to hear this night, thank you.

Laurie M. said...

I read this in the morning and then was reminded of it during a radio program about a Guantanamo detainee who was kept in solitary for over a year with no human contact. The guest being interviewed was explaining that this sort of treatment is known to lead to madness.