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[31] All men do not, perhaps, stand equally in need of political honour, fame, and the good-will of their fellow-citizens; nevertheless, if these honours come to a man, they help in many ways, and especially in the acquisition of friends.

9. But friendship has been discussed in another book of mine, entitled “Laelius.” Let us now take1 up the discussion of Glory, although I have published two books2 on that subject also. Still, let us touch briefly on it here, since it is of very great help in the conduct of more important business.

The highest, truest glory depends upon the following [p. 201] three things: the affection, the confidence, and the mingled admiration and esteem of the people. Such sentiments, if I may speak plainly and concisely, are awakened in the masses in the same way as in individuals. But there is also another3 avenue of approach to the masses, by which we can, as it were, steal into the hearts of all at once.

1 The attainment of glory.

2 Now lost, though they were still known to Petrarch.

3 How to gain popularity:

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