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What is your meaning, my admirable sir?

It is just in this war, my friend, that the victory over self is of all victories the first and best while self-defeat is of all defeats at once the worst and the most shameful. For these phrases signify that a war against self exists within each of us.1

Now let us take the argument back in the reverse direction. Seeing that individually each of us is partly superior to himself

1 Cp. Plat. Rep. 430e ff.: Proverbs xiv 32.

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