Quotes about friendship

A collection of quotes on the topic of family, love, life, hostility.

Best quotes about friendship

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„There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.“

—  Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274

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„Love should not be polluted with friendship.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque German novelist 1898 - 1970

Source: Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country

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„What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Variant: A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
Source: The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, p. 188; also reported in various sources as:
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

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„It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.“

—  William Shakespeare, book The Passionate Pilgrim

Source: The Passionate Pilgrim

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„A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart“

—  Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014

Variant: Friend is the person that holds your hand and touches your heart!

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„The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

This has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Petrarch. It comes most directly from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:
My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
Niccolò Machiavelli, who is also sometimes credited, wrote on the subject in The Prince:
It is easier for the prince to make friends of those men who were contented under the former government, and are therefore his enemies, than of those who, being discontented with it, were favourable to him and encouraged him to seize it.
Misattributed

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Citát „In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“
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„In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, The Trumpet of Conscience (1967)
Variant: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

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„A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

Thiis was published without credit in The Best Loved Poems of the American People (1936) with the title "Friendship", and since that time has sometimes been misattributed http://www.geonius.com/eliot/quotes.html to Eliot; it is actually an adaptation of lines by Dinah Craik, in A Life for a Life (1859):
Misattributed
Context: 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 then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

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„It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler… You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Lutz Long at that moment.“

—  Jesse Owens American track and field athlete 1913 - 1980

On the congratulations given by German athlete Lutz Long, a competitor in the long jump, who in some accounts he credited with giving him some friendly advice that helped him to win against him; as quoted in "Owens pierced a myth" by Larry Schwartz http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016393.html in ESPN SportsCentury (2005)
Context: It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler... You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Lutz Long at that moment. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace. The sad part of the story is I never saw Long again. He was killed in World War II.

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„I'm so happy 'cause today I've found my friends…. They're in my head. I'm so ugly, but that's okay, 'cause so are you.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Lithium.
Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)
Variant: I'm so happy
'Cause today I found my friends
They're in my head.
I'm so ugly, that's okay
'Cause so are you,
Broke our mirrors.
Source: Nirvana

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„Load up on guns, bring your friends.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)

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„You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Things Seen

Often attributed to Churchill, this thought was originally expressed by the French author Victor Hugo in Villemain (1845), as follows: You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do not bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear.
Villemain is a brief segment taken from Hugo’s Choses Vues (Things Seen), a running journal Hugo kept of events he witnessed. The original French versions of these journals were published after Hugo's death.
Misattributed

„You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.“

—  Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Variant: You can make more friends in two months by being interested in them, than in two years by making them interested in you.
Source: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), p. 52 (in 1998 edition)

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„Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924

Red Cross Speech http://books.google.com/books?id=f6l-dsvnjhEC&pg=PA406&dq=%22Friendship+is+the+only+cement%22, New York (18 May 1918)
1910s

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„No friendship is an accident.“

—  O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910

Source: Heart of the West

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„I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.“

—  Meryl Streep American actress 1949

Misattributed to Meryl Streep (and widely disseminated on the Internet as of August/September 2014), this quote is allegedly a translation of a text by the author José Micard Teixeira, the original of which begins (in Portuguese): "Já não tenho paciência para algumas coisas, não porque me tenha tornado arrogante..."
Misattributed

„Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship—never.“

—  Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1777 - 1832

Vol. II; LXXXIII
Lacon

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„Fear is the true enemy, the only enemy.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

Attributed implicitly to Sun Tzu by "William Riker" in the episode The Last Outpost of the TV program Star Trek: The Next Generation, but no source for this quote predates the episode's airing in 1987.
Misattributed

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„A friend is a second self.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Variant: A friend to all is a friend to none.

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„Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

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„Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent“

—  Robert Greene, book The 48 Laws of Power

Source: The 48 Laws of Power

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„Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.“

—  Stephen King, book Hearts in Atlantis

Source: Hearts in Atlantis

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„Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.“

—  Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941

The Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/tag/virginia-woolf/ traces the origin of such statements to The Intimate Notebooks of George Jean Nathan (1932), where the diarist states:
We were sitting one morning two Summers ago, Ferenc Molnár, Dr. Rudolf Kommer and I, in the little garden of a coffee-house in the Austrian Tyrol. “Your writing?” we asked him. “How do you regard it?” Languidly he readjusted the inevitable monocle to his eye. “Like a whore,” he blandly ventured. “First, I did it for my own pleasure. Then I did it for the pleasure of my friends. And now — I do it for money.”
Misattributed

„It's a little hard not to worry when my best friend keeps on dying.“

—  Kristin Cast, book Hunted

Source: Hunted

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„Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953

Often attributed to Stalin, there is not a single source which show that Stalin said this at any given time. There is only one source outside the blogosphere which attributes the quote to Stalin, but does not provide any evidence for the attribution. That source is the book Quotations for Public Speakers : A Historical, Literary, and Political Anthology (2001), p. 121 by the former US senator Robert Torricelli.
Misattributed

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„There are three classes of friendship and enmity, since men are so disposed to one another either by preference or by need or through pleasure and pain.“

—  Ptolemy Greco-Egyptian writer and astronomer of Alexandria 100 - 170

Book IV, sec. 7
Tetrabiblos

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„What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship?“

—  Manly P. Hall Canadian writer and mystic 1901 - 1990

The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry (1923)
Context: What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship? The bonds and ties of the life we know break easily, but through eternity one bond remains — the bond of fellowship — the fellowship of atoms, of star dust in its endless flight, of suns and worlds, of gods and men. The clasped hands of comradeship unite in a bond eternal — the fellowship of spirit.

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„Friendship is a precious thing, Sayuri. One mustn't throw it away.“

—  Arthur Golden, book Memoirs of a Geisha

Source: Memoirs of a Geisha

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„There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.“

—  Irving Stone American writer 1903 - 1989

Source: Clarence Darrow for the Defense

„The only true test of friendship is the time your friend spends on you.“

—  John Marsden author 1950

Source: Circle of Flight

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„Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.“

—  Aristotle, book Nicomachean Ethics

Book VIII, 1155a.5
Nicomachean Ethics
Original: (el) ἄνευ γὰρ φίλων οὐδεὶς ἕλοιτ᾽ ἂν ζῆν, ἔχων τὰ λοιπὰ ἀγαθὰ πάντα
Source: The Nicomachean Ethics

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„Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.“

—  Charles Lamb English essayist 1775 - 1834

Source: The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

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„Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.“

—  John O'Donohue Irish writer, priest and philosopher 1956 - 2008

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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„The knight of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies, but also to hate his friends.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book Ecce homo

Der Mensch der Erkenntniss muss nicht nur seine Feinde lieben, er muss auch seine Freunde hassen können.
Foreword, in the Oscar Levy authorized translation.
Variant translations:
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Ecce Homo (1888)

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„Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

The Motto Book (1907).
Variant: Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.

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„I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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„Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

Variant: A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Source: The Note Book of Elbert Hubbard (1927), p. 112.

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„If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.“

—  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882

Table-Talk (1857)
Source: The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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„Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Variant: Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

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Citát „Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.“
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„Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

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„Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

As quoted in The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women (1992) by Rosalie Maggio, p. 130

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„Some people have a large circle of friends while others have only friends that they like.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924

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„Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.“

—  Jane Austen, book Emma

Source: Emma (1815)

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„Marriage is the cure of love, and friendship the cure of marriage.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

Detached Thoughts http://books.google.com/books?id=vVdSAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Marriage+is+the+cure+of+love+and+friendship+the+cure+of+marriage%22&pg=PA384#v=onepage, first published in Letters and Works of Philip Dormer Stanhope, volume 5 (1847)

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„Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.“
Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas

—  Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727

These are notes in Latin that Newton wrote to himself that he titled: Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae [Certain Philosophical Questions] (c. 1664)
Variant translations: Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth.
Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — truth is a greater friend.
This is a variation on a much older adage, which Roger Bacon attributed to Aristotle: Amicus Plato sed magis amica veritas. Bacon was perhaps paraphrasing a statement in the Nicomachean Ethics: Where both are friends, it is right to prefer truth.

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„Being sociable and affable with people brings kindness and friendship.“

—  Muhammad al-Baqir fifth of the Twelve Shia Imams 677 - 733

Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 306

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„Money and friendship bribe justice.
Beauty is potent, but money is omnipotent.“

—  John Ray British botanist 1627 - 1705

Source: English Proverbs (1670), p. 94

„In reality, we are still children. We want to find a playmate for our thoughts and feelings.“

—  Wilhelm Stekel Austrian physician and psychologist 1868 - 1940

As quoted in The Book Of Friendship: Making Life Better (2001) by Cyndi Haynes, p. 6

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„What was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?“

—  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

The monster in Ch. 13
Frankenstein (1818)
Context: What was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?
I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge. Oh, that I had forever remained in my native wood, nor known nor felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat!

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„It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

Variant translations
If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know not thy enemy nor yourself, wallow in defeat every time.
Literal translation: Know [the] other, know [the] self, hundred battles without danger; not knowing [the] other but know [the] self, one win one loss; not knowing [the] other, not knowing [the] self, every battle must [be] lost.
Original: (zh-TW) 知彼知己,百戰不殆;不知彼而知己,一勝一負;不知彼,不知己,每戰必殆
Source: The Art of War, Chapter III · Strategic Attack

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„In real life, help is given out of friendship, or it is not valued; it is received from the hand of friendship, or it is resented.“

—  Robert Louis Stevenson, book Across the Plains

Source: Across the Plains (1892), Ch. IX, Beggars.
Context: We should wipe two words from our vocabulary: gratitude and charity. In real life, help is given out of friendship, or it is not valued; it is received from the hand of friendship, or it is resented.

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„I have had closer interactions with President Putin than with any other foreign colleagues. He is my best and bosom friend. I cherish dearly our deep friendship.“

—  Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China 1953

As quoted in " 18 photos that show the blossoming bromance between China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin https://www.businessinsider.com/china-xi-jinping-russia-vladimir-putin-best-friends-photos-2019-6" Business Insider
2010s

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„In between career and family, friendship disappeared.“

—  Lucky Gupta Internet celebrity 1998

2019

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