Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Friendship

Happy Valentine’s Day! Writing about love is a little risque for me, so here instead is a wonderful quote about friendship. I heard it on the University Channel Podcast where Robert Seiple mistakenly attributed it to George Eliot. It was actually written by Dinah Craik in her novel A life for a life (1859).

Oh, the comfort --
The inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words -- but pouring them
All right out -- just as they are --
Chaff and grain together --
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them --
Keep what is worth keeping --
and with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.