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ἑαυτόν: oneself. φιλοὺς ἀμείνους κτᾶσθαι: acquiring better friends, not by getting new friends, but by improving those we have. ἀμείνους is pred. adjective. G. 919; H. 594 b. ἐγὼ τοίνυν ... νομίζων: well then, I never cease to believe this (that I am improving myself and my friends). ἐάν, δή: see on i.5.1. ἐκπολιορκηθείη: would succumb to a siege. τοῖς ῥᾴστοις ἐντυγχάνειν: what is easiest to obtain, opposed to τῶν χαλεπωτάτων εὑρεῖν. On the use of the inf. with adjs., see G. 1528; H. 952. Cf. ii.1.22; iii. 8. 8. ἀρκούντως χρώμενος: “contented to use,” “contented with.”
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