Cicero's Essays on Old Age and Friendship

Cicero's Essays on Old Age and Friendship

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... Now let us define this virtue according td the usage of life, and of our common language; and k us not measure it, as certain learned persons do, by pomr of language; and let us include among the good thos who are so accounted--the Paulli, the Catos, the Gallr the Sciplos, and the Phili; with these men ordinary life is content: and let us pass over those who ar nowhere found to exist. Among men of this kind, therefore, friendship finds facilities so great that I can scarcely describe them. In the first place--to whom can life be "worth living," as Ennius says, who does not repose or he mutual kind feeling of some friend? What can be more delightful than to have one to whom you can speak on all subjects just as to yourself? Where would be the great enjoyment in prosperity, if you had not one to rejoice in it equally with yourself? And adversity would indeed be difficult to endure, without some one who would bear it even with greater regret than yourself/ In short, all other objects that are sought after, are severally suited to some one single purpose: riches that you may Spend them; power, that you may be courted; honors, that you may be extolled; pleasures, that you may enjoy them; good health that you may be exempt from harm, and perform the functions of the body. Whereas friendship comprises the greatest number of objects possible: Wherever you turn yourself, it is at hand; shut out of no place, never out of season, never irksome; and therefore we do not use fire and water, as they say, on more occasions than we do friendship. And I am not now speaking of common-place or ordinary friendship (though even that brings delight and benefit), but of real and true friendship, such as belonged to those of whom very few are...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894839
  • 9781236894830