[F]or it is the essence of virtue to exercise choice among the things in accordance with nature; so that philosophers who make all things absolutely equal, rendering them indistinguishable, either as better or worse, and leaving no room for selection among them, have abolished virtue itself. 229
At the same time Goodness is absolute, and is not a question of degree; the good is recognized and pronounced to be good from its own inherent properties and not by comparison with other things. Just as honey, though extremely sweet, is yet perceived to be sweet by its own peculiar kind of flavour and not be being compared with something else, so this Good which we are discussing is indeed superlatively valuable, yet its value depends on kind and not on quantity. 253 – Cicero, De Finibus (Rackham).