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He too is good who hearkens to the wise;
But who, himself being witless, will not heed
Another's wisdom, is a fool indeed.
” 5. But let us continue from the point3 where we digressed. To judge from men's lives, the more or less reasoned conceptions of the Good or Happiness that seem to prevail are the following. On the one hand the generality of men and the most vulgar identify the Good with pleasure,  and accordingly are content with the Life of Enjoyment—for there are three specially prominent Lives,4 the one just mentioned, the Life of Politics, and thirdly, the Life of Contemplation.  The generality of mankind then
1 In contrast apparently with the school of Plato.
3 a 30.
4 The doctrine of the three Lives goes back to Pythagoras, who compared the three kinds of men to the three classes of strangers who went to the Games, traders, competitors, and spectators （Iamblichus, Vit. Pythag. 58）. This apologue brings out the metaphor underlying the phrase θεωρητικὸς βίος, lit. ‘the life of the spectator’ （ Burnet）.