Is really the quantity of friends matter?

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“Moggallāna, I do not praise bonding with everyone whatsoever, nor do I praise bonding with no one at all. I do not praise bonding with householders or monastics, but I do praise bonding with quiet and noiseless lodging far from the flurry of people, remote from human habitation, and suitable for seclusion.”

Ańguttara Nikāya 7:61, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Kar Marx said that quality can be replaced by quantity, and we often feel that we don’t have friends enough to make us proud in terms of popularity.

It seems true that the more we have friends, the better we feel good. However, is the quantity of friends in our life really matter?

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