Art of Friendship

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to
understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca



Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Luoyang, China

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. 

– Thomas Aquinas

_SM13084, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10343NF4


A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and
continues a friend unchangeably.

– William Penn



Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
– Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10




Kathmandu, Nepal


Chiang Mai, Thailand


Kampala, Uganda

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship.
It is the spiritual inspiration
that comes to one when you discover that someone else
believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mumbai, India

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing.

– Elie Wiesel


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
– Aristotle


A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cape Town, South Africa

Baalbek, Lebanon

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

– Albert Schweitzer


There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
– Jane Austen




Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
– William Shakespeare



Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
– Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE


California, USA

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

– Rabindranath Tagore




40 thoughts on “Art of Friendship

  1. Sent to me by a friend who is, in the way you share, truly a friend.
    Thank you, Steve. Thank you, Lydia

  2. Beautiful depiction of how friendship should be. I’ve come to realize that some friendships really are written in the stars… Here to help you throughout this life and this journey. Beautiful blog. Thank you Steve.

  3. Your photos makes my heart ache for a very good friend I once had… we got reconnected after a few years of being on a long distance friendship but have grown on separate ways. I loved her for who she was before but time has changed both of us so much that we barely knew each other. I thought we can be just as before but reality is we can’t be anymore. I guess we were just friends for a season but not for a lifetime. I am literally crying as I am typing this comment. Your photos makes me cry. I guess I just missed us..

  4. Thank you Steve, I very much look forward to each and every blog post! You have been spiritually gifted with an “eye,” and a passion and talent to reveal it to the world through photography and an artistic mind.

  5. sir, it is an honour to go through your blog and an amazing experience of what you have shown us through these pictures, it tells us a whole lot of stories untold which can only be justified looking through our eyes.

  6. These pictues are truly captivating as are the accopaning quotes. Thank you Stevebhai

    “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
    – Khalil Gibran

  7. That was beautiful Steve. Thank you.
    I purchased a small photo of the Shaolin Monastery monks that you signed just recently. I treasure it and it is in good company with other wonderful photographers.

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