For is there anything
so absurd as to delight in many inanimate things, like
public office, fame, and stately buildings, or dress and
personal adornment, and to take little or no delight
in a sentient being endowed with virtue and capable
of loving, and—if I may so term it—of loving back1 ?
For nothing gives more pleasure than the return
of goodwill and the interchange of zealous service.
1 Cicero coins the word redamare from the Greek ἀντιφιλεῖν,
but uses it nowhere else.
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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