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[10] Wherefore the sick, the necessitous, [those at war], the lovesick, the thirsty, in a word, all who desire something and cannot obtain it, are prone to anger and easily excited, especially against those who make light of their present condition; for instance, the sick man is easily provoked in regard to his illness,1 the necessitous in regard to his poverty, the warrior in regard
to warlike affairs, the lover in regard to love affairs, and so with all the rest; for the passion2 present in his mind in each case paves the way for his anger.

1 τοῖς πρὸς τὴν νόσον: lit. “the sick man [is angry with those who slight him] in regard to his illness,” that is, by making light of it.

2 Or, “his suffering at the moment.”

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