Next let us speak of Liberality. This virtue seems to be the observance of the mean in
relation to wealth: we praise a man as liberal not in war, nor in matters in which we
praise him as temperate nor in judicial decisions, but in relation to giving and
wealth, and especially in giving; wealth meaning all
those things whose value is measured by money.1.
Prodigality and Meanness2
the other hand are both of them modes of excess and of deficiency in relation to wealth.
Meanness is always
applied to those who care more than is proper about wealth, but Prodigality is sometimes
used with a wider connotation, 1.
since we call the unrestrained and those who squander money on
debauchery prodigal; and therefore prodigality is thought to be extremely wicked, because
it is a combination of vices. 1.
But this is not the proper application of the word: really it denotes
the possessor of one particular vice,