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.