I came to Venice for the first time in 1968 and was lucky enough to make the acquaintanceship, and then the friendship, of two Venetians, Roberta and Franco, who remain my best friends here after almost 50 years.
That, they knew, was true friendship. And they knew, if you're lucky enough to find it, you hold on to it.
Anything can be done if you find friends to do it with. The lucky biographers find themselves drawn into a sort of friendship with their subject.
Well, we've been lucky devils both
And there is no need for a pledge or oath
To bind our lovely friendship fast,
By firmer stuff
Close bound enough.
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.
It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.