Which way do you prefer to spend time: with a small number of close friends, or with many friends? Compare these two options

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Which way do you prefer to spend time: with a small number of close friends, or with many friends? Compare these two options. Use specific reasons and examples your answer.

We all have fond memories of time spent with friends. As a rule, however, those memories involve small groups of friends, not large groups. The smaller the group of friends, the closer relationships and more exchanges one is likely to have with them. That is simply the nature of friendship. There is, in a sense, only so much friendship to go around. That is why a single solid friendship is worth a thousand of the superficial kind.

Close friendships are the most productive. History is full of examples of such friendships. British essayist Samuel Johnson was the close friend of James Boswell, who wrote a famous biography of Johnson. Without that particular friendship, the world would lack one of its great works of literature and biography. Isaac Newton’s friend Edmund Halley played a major role in the making of Newton’s great Principia Mathematica, and even proofread the galleys of Newton’s book for him. That famed work was thus a product of a close friendship.

In our own century, one of Albert Einstein’s close friends, a brilliant student of mathematics, helped Einstein master the difficult tensor calculus that Einstein used in developing his famous theory of relativity. In that case, a friendship helped to bring about one of the most important scientific developments of the 20th century.

It is good to have numerous friends, and it is enjoyable to be in the company of large numbers of friends at once. To be surrounded by a friendly crowd is a unique satisfaction. That pleasure is short-lived, however, because the crowd soon melts away, leaving one alone again. Moreover, a friendly crowd may turn indifferent or unfriendly in a moment, because the friendship in that case is very shallow and therefore impermanent. A single close friendship, by contrast, is more valuable than the cheers of a multitude, and lasts much longer.

 

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