And I quote: Baltasar Gracián

I hope your week gave you an opportunity to reflect on many good things in your life, even (or perhaps especially) during a pandemic. In my opinion, this is a time that highlights the value of our family and friends. Here’s a quote I came across recently:

“There is no desert like living without friends. Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. It is the sole remedy against misfortune, the very ventilation of the soul.” ( From The Art of Worldly Wisdom, Baltasar Gracián, 1601-1658)

I like the way this quote describes friendship’s power both in absence and presence. It also makes me want to be a better friend, and to pull my friends closer, even if only metaphorically.

Gracián was a 17th-century Jesuit from the Aragon region of Spain (neighbor to our beloved Valencia), whose writings I would not have assumed to be very relevant to me. I am happy to have been proved wrong.

Baltasar Gracián, anonymous painting, possibly 18th century

[Image: Wikimedia Commons]

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