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‘And they are little-minded, because their spirit has been humbled by life (the experience which they have had of life and its delusions and disappointments has taught them how little they can do, and thereby lowered their aims and aspirations, and deprived them of all spirit of enterprise and high endeavour); for they (now) desire nothing great or extraordinary (standing out from and above all others of the same class, περιττοῦ, singular, striking, extra-ordinary, above the common herd, and the ordinary level; note on I 6.8), but only what tends to (the uses, or the ease and comfort of) their life’. This again is in direct opposition to the character of youth, c. 12. 11.

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