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Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

Perry 500 (Phaedrus 3.9)

The word 'friend' is in common use but true friends are hard to find.
Socrates had erected for himself a very modest house - and I myself would even be willing to die as Socrates died if I could achieve an equal fame, yes, I would be willing to suffer the same public disapproval if I too could be vindicated after death! Anyway, just as you would expect on such an occasion, one of his neighbours had to ask, 'Why is it, Socrates, that someone like you would build himself such a tiny little house?' 'Ah,' said Socrates, 'if only I could fill it with true friends!'

Note: The Greek philosopher Socrates was executed by the state of Athens in 399 B.C.E. (see Fable 532 for a fable attributed to Socrates).

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.