Going through an illness and then death of a close friend has changed my attitudes to friendship enormously.
I think closeness to death would be pretty exhilarating in a way, and friendship, yeh, and selflessness, a kind of selflessness, a sense of your own worthlessness, I think, is pretty exhilarating.
Compulsion is the death of friendship.
What is shape without form; What is chaos without order; What is life without death; What is friendship without love; What isn't?
It is not, as somebody once wrote, the smell of corn bread that calls us back from death; it is the lights and signs of love and friendship.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.