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"In a part of space where there are few rules, it's more important than ever that we hold fast to our own. In a region where shifting allegiances are commonplace we have to have something stable to rely on. And we do. The principles and ideals of the Federation. As far as I'm concerned, those are the best allies we could have."
The human concept of friend is most nearly duplicated in Vulcan thought by the term 't'hy'la', which can also mean 'brother' and 'lover'. Admiral Kirk supplied the following comments on this subject: "I was never aware of this 'lovers' rumor, although I have been told that Spock encountered it... I would not like to be thought of as being so foolish that I would select a love partner who came into sexual heat only once every seven years." -- Gene Roddenberry