From my father
Gentleness, and unshaken persistence in those things which he had thoroughly vetted and judged. He refused the vainglory of those things which only seem honorable. He loved work and perseverance. He had a ready ear for anyone who offered something for the common good. He did not fail to give everyone what he deserved. He had the experience to know when to insist and when to relax.
He checked all erotic desire for boys.
 He had the common touch. He never commanded his friends to eat with him, nor force them to travel with him. If some need kept them away, they would always find him the same when they returned.
If he considered something, he would search it out accurately — he did not leave it to first impressions.
He had the skill to keep friends: he didn’t grow sick of them; he didn’t go crazy after them. He was self-reliant. He was radiant. He had the foresight to think ahead. He took care of even the smallest things without drama.
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