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As has been said then, Courage is the observance of the mean in relation to things that inspire confidence or fear, in the circumstances stated1; and it is confident and endures2 because it is noble to do so or base not to do so. But to seek death in order to escape from poverty, or the pangs of love, or from pain or sorrow, is not the act of a courageous man, but rather of a coward; for it is weakness to fly from troubles, and the suicide does not endure death because it is noble to do so, but to escape evil.

1 See 6.10.

2 The mss. have ‘it chooses and endures.’

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