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True Friendship Doubles Happiness

Ikeda Sensei teaches, “Having just one friend doubles one’s happiness in life. This is genuine wealth. The German poet Johann Friedrich von Schiller said that friendship doubles one’s happiness and halves one’s sadness. … Friendship is the most beautiful, most powerful and most valuable treasure in life. It is your true wealth. No matter how much status people may gain or how rich they may become, a life without friends is sad and lonely. It also leads to an unbalanced, self-centered existence.”

Illustration by Leo Matsuda.

A Hope-Inspiring Life Philosophy for the Real World

Great Path—Volume 28, Chapter 2