Marcus Tullius Cicero quote about friendship from On Friendship - what a real friend is will never be revealed; for he is, as it were, a second self.
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what a real friend is will never be revealed; for he is, as it were, a second self.
 Marcus Tullius Cicero, On Friendship (44 BC). copy citation

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Author Marcus Tullius Cicero
Source On Friendship
Topic friendship self
Date 44 BC
Language English
Reference
Note Translated by E. S. Shuckburgh
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2808/2808-h/2808-h.htm

Context

“They fail also to learn from their own feelings the nature and the strength of friendship. For every one loves himself, not for any reward which such love may bring, but because he is dear to himself independently of anything else. But unless this feeling is transferred to another, what a real friend is will never be revealed; for he is, as it were, a second self. But if we find these two instincts shewing themselves in animals,—whether of the air or the sea or the land, whether wild or tame,—first, a love of self, which in fact is born in everything that lives alike; and, secondly, an eagerness to find and attach themselves to other creatures of their own kind; and if this natural action is accompanied by desire and by something resembling human love, how much more must this be the case in man by the law of his nature?” source

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