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[67] 19. But at this point there arises a certain question of some little difficulty: Are new friends who are worthy of friendship, at any time to be preferred to old friends, as we are wont to prefer young horses to old ones? The doubt is unworthy of a human being, for there should be no surfeit of friendships as there is of other things; and, as in the case of wines that improve with age, the oldest friendships ought to be the most delightful; moreover, the well-known adage is true: “Men must eat many a peck of salt together before the claims of [p. 179] friendship are fulfilled.”1

1 Cf. Aristot. Eth. Eudem. vii. 2; Eth. Nic. viii. 3. 8.

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