Est virtus placitis abstinuisse bonis. This indeed is a degree of virtue which very few are able to attain. It comprehends a compleete mastery over our passions, and a well-informed judgment, able to distinguish between what is really profitable, and what hurtful; for virtue does not absolutely forbid us all pleasures and enjoyments, but only such as are injurious to others, and prejudicial to ourselves. Epictetus, that consummate moralist, was wont to say, that the perfection of virtue was comprised in these two words, “Sustine et abstine.”
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