Friendship: Agnes Repplier


It is the steady and merciless increase of occupations, the augmented speed at which we are always trying to live, the crowding of each day with more work than it can profitably hold, which has cost us, among other good things, the undisturbed enjoyment of friends. Friendship takes time, and we have no time to give it.

Agnes Repplier 1855-1950

In the Dozy Hours (1894)

What I find fascinating about this thought from 1894 is that even then she felt frazzled by the busyness of life and regretted that she could not spend more time with her friends.

The illustration is copyright: Robert Kneschke via Shutterstock

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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    Friendship takes time, and we have no time to give it.

    Agnes Repplier 1855-1950

  4. I have an 88 year old friend who is with the Gideon bible society who does not do computer.
    She called tonight to share with me that she was going to be with her grandson this evening whose hens hatched out 75 roosters.
    This would have been in the newspapers of the local community years ago when folks talked. She is honoured because the grandson normally only clicks on instragram and sends the results. Because she does not do computer….he takes the time to be with her.

    This is precisely why our family is taking an OFF THE GRID holiday. Blessings to you for sharing this profound statement. .

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