For as men of our class are generous and liberal,
not for the purpose of demanding repayment—for
we do not put our favours out at interest, but are
by nature given to acts of kindness—so we believe
that friendship is desirable, not because we are influenced by hope of gain, but because its entire
profit is in the love itself.
Cicero: De Senectute De Amicitia De Divinatione. With An English Translation. William Armistead Falconer. Cambridge. Harvard University Press; Cambridge, Mass., London, England. 1923.
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