"Friendship -- my definition -- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble."
— Stieg Larsson, via Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
When I think about about my definition of friendship, I am convinced that it has to be a two-way relationship with both parties sharing in the benefits from the connection. Neither can be manipulative, nor can one use the other for gain with the purpose of moving on after the advantage has been taken if it is going to be for a lifetime. Like Mikael, respect and trust enter into the picture, along with an abundance of unconditional love.