This expression is thought to derive from the French ils s’entendent comme larrons en foire ‘as thick as thieves at a fair,’ where thick means ‘crowded, densely arranged.’ When at a fair was dropped from the expression, the figurative jump to thick ‘close, intimate’ occurred; Theodore Hook used the truncated form in The Parson’s Daughter (1833): Quotations"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies" [Aristotle]"Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it" [Cicero De Amicitia]"Friendship admits of difference of character, as love does that of sex" [Joseph Roux Meditations of a Parish Priest]But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness; and even in this sense also of solitude, whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections, is unfit for Upon the whole, the consequences of such a law as this would be directly contrary to those things which good laws ought to establish, and which Socrates endeavoured to establish by his regulations concerning women and children: for we think that is the greatest good which can happen to any city, as nothing so much prevents seditions: and amity in a city is what Socrates commends above all things, which appears to be, as indeed he says, the effect of ; as we learn from Aristophanes in the Erotics, who says, that those who love one another from the excess of that passion, desire to breathe the same soul, and from being two to be blended into one: from whence it would necessarily follow, that both or one of them must be destroyed.
friend, close friend, buddy (informal), mate (informal), pal, comrade, chum (informal), mucker (Brit.
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So the response to the inaugural #Its Totally Me post has been overwhelming — but definitely positive!
It was great to see comments from people who said that they could relate to being chronically and involuntarily single and feeling alone.
But there is a level of humiliation and trepidation that I hold when participating in this series because we’re taught that being single our fault.
This piece is Wagatwe Wanjuki’s first dispatch from the front lines of her romantic life for the #Its Totally Me dating series, which follows Establishment writers Wanjuki and Katie Klabusich as they utilize professional matchmakers and the insights of various experts to get to the bottom of their perpetual singledom.