You must leave to your friends the care of bringing up your children.
"Verily, my friends, I walk among men as among the fragments and members of man.
 Translation published by T. Fisher Unwin.
He continued to write; his thought becomes clearer and more melancholy: "The State, when it cannot achieve its highest aim, grows beyond measure. The World Empire of the Romans, in face of Athens, has nothing of the sublime. This sap, which should all run to the flowers, resides now in the leaves and stalks, which swell to an immense size."