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[49] 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.

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