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The Words Of Socrates

(Recueil 1, Livre 4, Fable 17)



A house was built by Socrates

That failed the public taste to please.

Some blamed the inside; some, the out; and all

Agreed that the apartments were too small.

Such rooms for him, the greatest sage of Greece!

"I ask," said he, "no greater bliss

Than real friends to fill even this."

And reason had good Socrates

To think his house too large for these.

A crowd to be your friends will claim,

Till some unhandsome test you bring.

There's nothing plentier than the name;

There's nothing rarer than the thing.

Jean de La Fontaine

Book 4, Fable 17



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