The third, then, of the three conditions I named1
as essential to glory is that we be accounted worthy
of the esteem and admiration of our fellow-men.
While people admire in general everything that is
great or better than they expect, they admire in particular the good qualities that they find unexpectedly
in individuals. And so they reverence and extol
with the highest praises those men in whom they
see certain pre-eminent and extraordinary talents;
and they look down with contempt upon those who
they think have no ability, no spirit, no energy. For
they do not despise all those of whom they think ill.
For some men they consider unscrupulous, slanderous, fraudulent, and dangerous; they do not despise
them, it may be; but they do think ill of them. And
therefore, as I said before, those are despised who
are “of no use to themselves or their neighbours,”
as the saying is, who are idle, lazy, and indifferent.