Epikouros speaking to his followers
in Kepidion garden of paradise:
"Among all good things that wisdom provides
to insure complete happiness in life,
greatest treasures we gain are loving friends.
Sure conviction which inspires confidence
that terrible events or things we fear
never last forever and soon disperse,
also reveals amid evil we suffer
nothing enhances safe security
as much as will strong heart-connecting bonds
of close enduring friendship with good people."
from Garden of Epikouros
Hermead Vol 5
Epic of Philosophers