Isocrates Letter to Demonicus 1.2

“Some men honor only present friends while others cherish even those far away. A short time disentangles the connections of those former men while an entire life time couldn’t wear away the friendship of the others.”

οἱ μὲν γὰρ τοὺς φίλους παρόντας μόνον τιμῶσιν, οἱ δὲ καὶ μακρὰν ἀπόντας ἀγαπῶσιν, καὶ τὰς μὲν τῶν φαύλων συνηθείας ὀλίγος χρόνος διέλυσε, τὰς δὲτῶν σπουδαίων φιλίας οὐδ’ ἂν ὁ πᾶς αἰὼν ἐξαλείψειεν.

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