Certainly your father and mother
and the rest of your kinsmen are rightly envied because you so far surpass those
of your own age in excellence, but still more enviable are those whom you, who
have been deemed worthy of such blessings, select from the whole number to be
your friends, judging them worthy of your companionship. And since Fortune has
appointed the former to share your affection, but the latter their own fine
qualities have recommended in addition,
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by Norman W. DeWitt, Ph.D., and Norman J. DeWitt, Ph.D. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1949.
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