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Listen to Cicero on choosing allies

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Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous Roman orator born in 3106 B.C., survived decades of political turmoil and lived a long and productive life as one of Rome’s most illustrious citizens. One reason: He cultivated close friends whom he could rely upon for support.

Fortunately for us, Cicero wrote a lengthy treatise on friendship. Here is some of his solid wisdom:
  • Respect yourself. Other people will value you only as much as you value yourself, no more. Cicero called this his “first rule” of friendship.
  • Don’t act in bad faith for a friend, and never ask a friend to do it for you. Dependable friendships are possible only among people of high moral standards. (Remember: No honor among thieves!)
  • Offer pointed, frank advice to your friends, and welcome the same from them.
  • Take more joy from your friends than from material possessions. Objects can’t offer advice or support you.
  • Practice loyalty. Ultimately, it’s what distinguishes true friendships from false ones.

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