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Thus the friendship of inferior people is evil, for they take part together in inferior pursuits [being unstable,]1 and by becoming like each other are made positively evil. But the friendship of the good is good, and grows with their intercourse. And they seem actually to become better by putting their friendship into practice,2 and because they correct each other's faults, for each takes the impress from the other of those traits in him that give him pleasure—whence the saying: "Noble deeds from noble men."3

So much for our treatment of Friendship. Our next business will be to discuss Pleasure.

1 It seems best to excise these words as an inapposite reminiscence of 4.10.

2 For ἐνεργεῖν (sc. φιλικῶς) = συζῆν cf. 8.5.1.

3 Cf. 9.7.

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