© Henri Cartier-Bresson

"A sudden brain wave. The best and the most lasting friendship are based on admiration. This is the bedrock feeling that connects two people over the long term. You admire someone for what he does, for what he is, for how he negotiates his path through the world. Your admiration enhances him in your eyes, ennobles him, elevates him to a status you believe is above your own. And if that person admires you as well - and therefore enhances you, ennobles you, elevates you to a status he believes is above his own - then you are in a position of absolute equality. You are both giving more than you receive, both receiving more than you give, and in the reciprocity of this exchange, friendship blooms." 

Paul Auster, in Paul Auster & J.M.Coetzee: letters 2008 - 2011

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