The moral purpose also should
be made clear by the language, or else one should add the reason; for example,
either by saying “that it is right to love, not as men say, but as if
one were going to love for ever, for the other kind of love would imply
treachery”; or thus, “The maxim does not please me, for the
true friend should love as if he were going to love for ever. Nor do I approve
the maxim ‘Nothing in excess,’ for one cannot hate the
wicked too much.”
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 22, translated by J. H. Freese. Aristotle. Cambridge and London. Harvard University Press; William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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