and an enemy's fleet had been wrecked off Sicily b after the holocaust of Perusia/c and the proscriptions. Wild beasts have impulses, madness, fierceness, aggressiveness; but they no more have anger than they have luxuriousness. Which of the two speaks more truly we will consider: as to contempt, at any rate, for injury both think alike. You waste your pains if you wish to do what needs must. As heavenly things escape the hands of man and divinity suffers no harm from those who demolish temples and melt down images, so every wanton, insolent, or haughty act directed against the wise man is essayed in vain. Is it not unjust that brave men should take up arms, and stay all night in camp, and stand with bandaged wounds before the rampart, while perverts and professional profligates rest secure within the city?
No entire people has ever burned with love for a woman, no whole state has set its hope upon money or gain; ambition is personal and seizes upon the individual; only fury is an affliction of a whole people. 3-5 though you do not move a finger, he will die. "Anger it is said, "is expedient because it escapes contempt, because it terrifies the wicked." In the first place, if the power of anger is commensurate with its threats, for the very reason that it is terrible it is likewise hated; besides, it is more. When the skipper finds that his ship has sprung her seams and in every part is letting in a copious flow of water, does he then become angry with the seamen and with the ship herself? Or, if you will, let us take the picture from our poets: Flaunting her bloody scourge the War-dame strides, Or Discord glorying in her tattered robe./a Or make you any other picture of this dread passion that can be devised still more dread. But anger is often forced back by pity; for it has no enduring strength, but is a delusive inflation, violent at the outset. She is just the same unthinking creature - wild, and unrestrained in her passions - unless she has gained knowledge and had much instruction.
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