wishes his own good: no one would choose to possess every good in the world on
condition of becoming somebody else （for God possesses the good even as it
but only while
remaining himself, whatever he may be; and it would appear that the thinking part is the
real self, or is so more than anything else.
（c） the good man desires his own company; for he enjoys being by
himself, since he has agreeable memories of the past, and good hopes for the future, which
are pleasant too; also his mind is stored with subjects for contemplation. And
（e） he is keenly conscious of his own joys and sorrows; for the same
things give him pleasure or pain at all times, and not different things at different
times, since he is not apt to change his mind.
It is therefore because the good man has these various feelings towards himself, and
because he feels towards his friend in the same way as towards himself （for a
friend is another self） , that friendship also is thought to consist in one or
other of these feelings, and the possession of them is thought to be the test of a friend.
Whether a man can be said actually to feel friendship for himself is a question that may
be dismissed for the present; though it may be held that he can do so in so far2
as he is a dual or composite being,