how to win friends


As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and by the consistent narrowness of his outlook.

A personal record by Joseph Conrad

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “how to win friends

  1. Barry says:

    Hmm. If that was true, then it would explain why I don’t need all my thumbs to tally up my friends on 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Is your outlook narrow? Or it could be your prejudices:)

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      • Barry says:

        The original quote appeared to suggest that those who were more passionate about their prejudices and were consistently narrow minded in their outlook won more friends, but I have very few friends. Did I misunderstand Joseph Conrad?

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        • makagutu says:

          No, you didn’t but generally that’s how most people end up with friends. They hate the same people and agree on a narrow definition of the world

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          • Barry says:

            I’ve been told on many occasions that I’m so open minded that my brains are in danger of falling out. It’s been used as a compliment and a criticism in about equal measure 🙂

            The reality of why I have few friends is that aside from the fact that I don’t have a drive to make friends, my inability to read social cues correctly means that not many people want to include me in their social circles. It’s a reality of life for many autistics

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  2. Ron says:

    “A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.”
    ― Steven J. Daniels

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  3. I always win, which has historically made me lose friends.

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