The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle

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BOOK IX.
FRIENDSHIP OR LOVE--continued.

1. IN all dissimilar friendships * it is proportionate exchange that maintains equality and preserves the friendship (as we have already said), just as in the association of citizens, where the shoemaker, in exchange for his shoes, receives some return proportionate to his desert, and so on with the weaver and the rest.

Of the rule of proportion in dissimilar frienships.

1

Now, in these latter cases, a common measure is supplied by money; money is the standard to which everything is referred, and by which it is measured.

2

In sentimental friendships, on the other hand, the lover sometimes complains that while he loves excessively he gets no love in return, although, maybe, there is nothing lovable about him; often the beloved complains that whereas the other used to promise everything, he now performs nothing.

Complaints of this sort are wont to arise when, pleasure being the motive of the friendship with one person and profit with the other, they do not both get what they want. For the friendship, being based on

3

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*
Where the two friends have different motives.

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