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Jan 05, 2007

Aristotle on the Angry Middle

"Aristotle_altempsFor in everything it is no easy task to find the middle, e.g. to find the middle of a circle is not for every one but for him who knows; so, too, any one can get angry -- that is easy -- or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy; wherefore goodness is both rare and laudable and noble."

-- Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, book 2, chapter 9.  From the translation by W.D. Ross online here.  For an explanation of what it all means, see URI Professor Bob Zunjic's notes here.

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