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[14] Again, error is multiform (for evil is a form of the unlimited, as in the old Pythagorean imagery,1 and good of the limited), whereas success is possible in one way only (which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed—easy to miss the target and difficult to hit it); so this is another reason why excess and deficiency are a mark of vice, and observance of the mean a mark of virtue:

Goodness is simple, badness manifold.2

1 Cf. 1.6.7.

2 The verse from an unknown source would come in better just before or just after the last parenthesis.

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