I meditated on the nature of friendship as I practiced the craft. My friends had always come from outside the mainstream. I had always been popular with the fifth column of my peers, those individuals who were princely in their solitude, lords of their own unpraised melancholy. Distrusting the approval of the chosen, I would take the applause of exiles anytime. My friends were all foreigners, and they wore their unbelongingness in their eyes. I hunted for that look; I saw it often, disarrayed and fragmentary and furious, and I approached every boy who invited me in.Pat Conroy
About This Quote
Mihnea is talking about his friends. He says that his friends are not popular among the mainstream crowd. He also says that he has a lot of friends from different backgrounds. Mihnea says that he has many friends who have a very different kind of popularity in the world.
They are in a sense very alone and sad. However, Mihnea doesn’t take this loneliness or sadness in to account when he approaches other people for friendship. In fact, he goes so far as to say that "exiles" have a higher level of popularity than "chosen people" because they have been exiled from the mainstream and so they have less to lose when they approach someone new for friendship.
Source: The Lords Of Discipline
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