“all that I can do is to urge you to put friendship before all things human; for nothing is so conformable to nature and nothing so adaptable to our fortunes whether they be favourable or adverse. This, however, I do feel first of all — that friendship cannot exist except among good men”

-Cicero, On Friendship

 “For that truly is which remains immutably. It is good, then, for me to cleave unto God, for if I remain not in Him, neither shall I in myself; but He, remaining in Himself, renews all things”

-Saint Augustine, The Confessions

“[W]e believe that friendship is desirable, not because we are influenced by hope of gain, but because its entire profit is in the love itself. From this view those men who, after the manner of cattle, judge everything by the standard of pleasure, vigorously dissent; nor is it strange; for the raising of the vision to anything lofty, noble and divine is impossible to men who have abased their every thought to a thing so lowly and mean”

-Cicero, On Friendship

“[Socrates] who was adjudged by the oracle of Apollo to be the wisest of men […] always consistently maintained that human souls were of God; that upon their departure from the body a return to heaven lay open to them, and that in proportion as each soul was virtuous and just would the return be easy and direct”

-Cicero, On Friendship