The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:|
and truth their own. Your treasure-houses shall be coextensive with
the garnered riches of your friends and lovers.
Therefore be of good cheer, Hiero; enrich your friends, and you will
thereby heap riches on yourself. Build up and aggrandise your city,
for in so doing you will gird on power like a garment, and win allies
 Some commentators suspect a lacuna at this point.
Esteem your fatherland as your estate, the citizens as comrades, your
friends as your own children, and your sons even as your own soul. And
study to excel them one and all in well-doing; for if you overcome
your friends by kindness, your enemies shall nevermore prevail against