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



By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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54 replies on “Art of Friendship”

I love this meditation to pieces.

Friendship has been my most prized possession in life, however I find that with time and age, adults become less generous emotionally and spiritually, as they
take the focus to resolve their lives. Then they visit friendships as ritual
now only able to make a transaction of it to feed an aim. And surely, slowly causing it’s death.

I have a few left, but as the focus shifts more and more to resolving their lives, you can feel and see a shabby approach to the bond. 😦 But all you have posted here is gold.

Just wish more continued to remember…

Your true about friendship

On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM Steve McCurry’s Blog wrote:

> Steve McCurry posted: “One of the most beautiful qualities of true > friendship is to understand and to be understood. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca > There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. – > Thomas Aquinas A true friend freely, ad” >

You should have posted one pic with a dog…Aren´t they man´s best friend? 🙂 I truly love dogs. Please post some pics with them. Apart from that I really enjoy your postings. I hope you can do an exhibit in Buenos Aires someday. I love your job.

Thank you for sharing . I have learn something though i wanted to hear more about “Friendship”. I wanted to hear its background,different types of friendship, the goodness and badness of friendship, the effects of friendship and the reality of friendship. If anyone can shade more light on this in my inbox i will be happy.

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

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.

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..

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.

I never tire of viewing your work. It is so awesome. I love your style and try to capture it in my work.

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.

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

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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