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Let us now turn to Friendship and Enmity, and ask towards whom these feelings are
entertained, and why. We will begin by defining and friendly feeling. We may describe
friendly feeling towards any one as wishing for him what you believe to be good things, not
for your own sake but for his, and being inclined, so far as you can, to bring these things
about. A friend is one who feels thus and excites these feelings in return: those who think
they feel thus towards each other think themselves friends. This being assumed, it follows
that your friend is the sort of man who shares your pleasure in what is good and your pain in
what is unpleasant, for your sake and for no other reason. This pleasure and pain of his will
be the token of his good wishes for you, since we all feel glad at getting what we wish for,
and pained at getting what we do not. Those, then, are friends to whom the same things are
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