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Of the characters that run to excess, on the other hand, he who exceeds in fearlessness has no name (this, as we remarked before,1 is the case with many qualities), but we should call a man mad, or else insensitive to pain, if he feared nothing, ‘earthquake nor billows,’2 as they say of the Kelts; he who exceeds in confidence [in the face of fearful things3] is rash.

1 2.7.2.

2 Apparently a verse quotation. Cf. Aristot. Eud. Eth. 1229b 28, ‘As the Kelts take up arms and march against the waves’; and Strab. 7.2.1 gives similar stories, partly on the authority of the fourth-century historian Ephorus. An echo survives in Shakespeare's simile ‘to take arms against a sea of troubles.’

3 These words seem to be an interpolation: confidence is shown in face of θαρραλέα, not φοβερά.

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