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[7] So too, again, when a man offends against the unwritten laws of right, for there is greater merit in doing right without being compelled1; now the written laws involve compulsion, the unwritten do not. Looked at in another way, wrongdoing is greater, if it violates the written laws; for a man who commits wrongs that alarm him2 and involve punishment, will be ready to commit wrong
for which he will not be punished. Let this suffice for the treatment of the greater or less degree of wrongdoing.

1 And therefore the violation of them is more discreditable.

2 When he thinks of the punishment they may entail.

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