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Most men however, because they love honor, seem to be more desirous of receiving than of bestowing affection. Hence most men like flattery, for a flatterer is a friend who is your inferior,1 or pretends to be so, and to love you more than you love him; but to be loved is felt to be nearly the same as to be honored, which most people covet.

1 i.e., the party to the friendship who gets more than he gives, and redresses the balance by repaying more affection or esteem than he receives.

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