[b-greek] Re: Famous quote

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 08:22:14 EDT

At 1:07 PM +0200 10/10/00, Kevin Smith wrote:
>Dear friends,
>I suspect that this is a quote from a Greek philosopher: "To be truly
>virtuous it is necessary to do less than is permissible and more than is
>required." Does anyone know who said it? By the way, my quote is from
>memory and may not be exact.

In the format in which it is offered I don't recognize the saying as such,
but the conception is straightforward Aristotelian: any moral virtue is a
mean between hUPERBOLH (excess) and ENDEIA (deficiency), these being
defined in terms of an individual's own capacity.


Carl W. Conrad
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