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[4] For existence is good for the virtuous man; and everyone wishes his own good: no one would choose to possess every good in the world on condition of becoming somebody else (for God possesses the good even as it is),1 but only while remaining himself, whatever he may be; and it would appear that the thinking part is the real self, or is so more than anything else.

1 The parenthesis seems to mean that as no one gains by God's now having the good, he would not gain if a new person which was no longer himself were to possess it ( Ross). But ‘and every one . . . whatever he may be’ should perhaps be rejected as interpolated.

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