[218d] How on earth is that? said Menexenus.I am afraid, I replied, that in our search for friendship we have struck up with arguments that are no better than a set of braggarts.How so ? he asked.Just consider a moment, I said. When a man is a friend, is he friend to some one or not? He needs be, he replied. Then is he so for the sake of nothing and because of nothing, or for the sake of something and because of something? For the sake of something, and because of something. Is it a friend—that thing for whose sake he is a friend to his friend—or is it neither friend nor foe? I do not quite follow, he said.
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