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[6] LAELIUS True, Cato, but you will do a thing most agreeable to us both—assuming that I may speak for Scipio, too—if, since we hope to become old (at least we wish it), you will, long in advance, teach us on what principles we may most easily support the weight of increasing years.

CATO. To be sure I will, Laelius, especially if, as you say, it is going to prove agreeable to you both.

LAELIUS. Unless it is too much trouble to you, Cato, since you have, as it were, travelled the long road upon which we also must set out, we really do wish to see what sort of a place it is at which you have arrived.1

1 Cf. Plato, Rep. 328 E. Cicero almost translates the words there addressed by Socrates to the aged Cephalus.

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