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Among the unrestrained themselves, the impulsive1 sort are better than those who know the right principle but do not keep to it; for these succumb to smaller temptations, and they do not yield without deliberation, as do the impulsive; the unrestrained2 man is like people who get drunk quickly, and with a small amount of wine, or with less than most men.

1 ἐκστατικός is here used as equivalent to προπετής, ‘impetuous,’ in 7.8; whereas below, 8.5, as in 1.6 and 2.7, it denotes the quality with which it is here contrasted.

2 i.e., the feeble sort who stop to think and yet succumb; the impulsive man is not the typical unrestrained man.

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