Cicero on Friendship

Cicero’s classic “Treatise on Friendship” is a joy to read even though written over two thousand years ago. Hear him.

“In a word, other objects of ambition serve for particular ends – riches for use, power for securing homage, office for reputation, pleasure for enjoyment, health for freedom from pain and the full use of the functions of the body. But friendship embraces innumerable advantages. Turn which way you please, you will find it at hand. It is everywhere; and yet never out of place, never unwelcome”.

“What can be more delightful than to have someone to whom you can say everything with the same absolute confidence as yourself?”

“Nay, if you eliminate from nature the tie of affection, there will be an end of house and city, nor will so much as the cultivation of the soil be left. If you don’t see the virtue of friendship and harmony, you may learn it by observing the effects of quarrels and feuds. Was any family ever so well established, any state so firmly settled as to be beyond utter destruction from animosities and factions? This may teach you the immense advantage of friendship.”

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