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[12] And men are not angry with those who usually show respect for them.1

It is also evident that those are mild whose condition is contrary to that which excites anger, as when laughing, in sport, at a feast, in prosperity, in success, in abundance,2 and, in general, in freedom from pain, in pleasure which does not imply insult, or in virtuous hope. Further, those whose anger is of long standing and not in its full flush, for time appeases anger.

1 They regard the disrespectful treatment as merely a temporary lapse.

2 πλήρωσις: lit. “filling up.” The reference may be to the “fulfillment” of one's desires, or to “repletion” in the matter of food (L. and S.), which seems less likely; “in fulness of content” (Jebb).

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