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Cicero plays on the double meaning- of honestum: (i) 'moral goodness,' and (2) 'honourable, ' distinguished, etc. 16 ; ;nOK I. iv-v more to be maintained in thought and deed^ and the same Nature and Reason are careful to do nothing in an improper or unmanly fashion^ and in every thought and deed to do or consistency, order 'rp. far think nothing capriciously. It is from these elements that is forged and fashioned that moral goodness which is the subject something that, even though it be of this inquiry not generally ennobled, is still worthy of all honour*; and by its own nature, we correctly maintain, it merits praise, even though it be praised by none.
But since, as Plato has admirably expressed it, we are not born for ourselves alone, but our country claims a share of our being, and our friends a share; and since, as the Stoics hold, everything that the earth produces is created for man's use ; and as men, too, are born for the sake of men, that they may be able mutually to help one another ; in this direction we ought to follow Nature as our guide, to contribute to the general good by an interchange of acts of kindness, by giving and reeeiving, and thus by 23 ;; CICERO DE OFFICIIS tum artibus, tum operaj tum facultatibus devincire hominum inter homines societatem.
Bt. ducimus c, Edd. dicimtis A B H a b. ; ; 18 BOOK I. v-vi and the more quickly and accurately he can see and explain the reasons for itj the more understanding and wise he is generally esteemed, and case Soj then^ it is truth that is, as it were, the stufF with which this virtue has to deal and on justly so. which it employs itself. Before the three remaining virtues^ on the other handj is set the task of providing and maintaining those things on which the practical business of Hfe depends, so that the relations of man to man in human society may be conserved, and that largeness and nobility of soul may be revealed not only in increasing one's resources and acquiring advantages 6or one's self and one's family but far more in rising superior to these very things.