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‘Now the youthful in character are prone to desire, and inclined to do (to carry out, put in practice or execution) anything they may have set their hearts upon. And of the bodily appetites lust is that which they are most disposed to follow (to give way to, or obey), and in this (sc. τῆς ἐπιθυμίας, this particular appetite) they are incontinent’. If ταῖς is right (some MSS have τῆς), ταύτης is a piece of careless grammar, denoting lust as a single appetite, of which the plural preceding represents the varieties, or moments. Comp. Eth. Nic. I 1, 1095 a 5, seq. ἔτι δὲ ( νέος) τοῖς πάθεσιν ἀκολουθητικὸς ὤν—it will be in vain and unprofitable for him to study moral philosophy, which is a practical science, whereas he has as yet no sufficient control over his own actions—οὐ γὰρ παρὰ τὸν χρόνον ἔλλειψις, ἀλλὰ διὰ τὸ κατὰ πάθος ζῃν καὶ διώκειν ἕκαστα.

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