5.3.4 Shy and Sincere

Wednesday, 19. August 2009

 

In the last section we found Diderot’s statement that friendship does not fill the void that it has promised to fill, and he follows his observation:

“Subsequently we find the faults in each other that we were concealing; or we decline to passions that have an aversion to friendship, like gruesome illnesses cause an aversion against the sweetest pleasures.

This is why radical characters, capable of giving the strongest proofs of devotion to duty, are not the most capable persons of maintaining  steadfast friendships.  Nowhere else we find persistent friendships so scintillating and so stable as in shy and sincere spirits whose moderate soul knows what virtue is;  the gentle, calm feeling of friendship shores their hearts, relaxes their minds,  extends it, makes them more self-confident and lively, enhances their delights, their work and their mysterious pleasures: the soul of their lives as a whole.”

Friendship in relation to modesty, how is that… does it ring a bell, does it make sense…

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