Saturday, February 18, 2012


"And great and numerous as are the blessings of friendship, this certainly is the sovereign one, that it gives us bright hopes for the future and forbids weakness and despair. In the face of a true friend a man sees as it were a second self. So that where his friend is he is; if his friend be rich, he is not poor; though he be weak, his friend's strength is his; and in his friend's life he enjoys a second life after his own is finished."

Cicero, from On Friendship, or Laelius

Children in Naples, 1944. Image from the National Archives and Records Administration, via Wikimedia Commons.

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