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[3] Let us then define happiness as well-being combined with virtue, or independence of life, or the life that is most agreeable combined with security, or abundance of possessions and slaves,1 combined with power to protect and make use of them2; for nearly all men admit that one or more of these things constitutes happiness.

1 This is the usual rendering, although it is hardly satisfactory. Jebb translates “a flourishing state . . . of body.”

2 Or, “bring about,” “effect them.”

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