Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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THE TALENT FOR FRIENDSHIP.  Two types are distinguished amongst people who have a special faculty for friendship.  The one is ever on the ascent, and for every phase of his development he finds a friend exactly suited to him.  The series of friends which he thus acquires is seldom a consistent one, and is sometimes at variance and in contradiction, entirely in accordance with the fact that the later phases of his development neutralise or prejudice the earlier phases.  Such a man may jestingly be called a ladder.  The other type is represented by him who exercises an attractive influence on very different characters and endowments, so that he wins a whole circle of friends; these, however, are thereby brought voluntarily into friendly relations with one another in spite of all differences.  Such a man may be called a circle, for this homogeneousness of such different temperaments and natures must somehow be typified in him.  Furthermore, the faculty for having good friends is greater in many people than the faculty for being a good friend.  

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