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They say and write and print that the soul and freedom do not exist, for the life of man is expressed by muscular movements and muscular movements are conditioned by the activity of the nerves; the soul and free will do not exist because at an unknown period of time we sprang from the apes.
In the same way, of primary substances, no one is more truly substance than another; an individual man is not more truly substance than an individual ox.
Then what is that joint use of silver or gold in which the just man is to be preferred?
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal: what is lovable in man is that he is an OVER-GOING and a DOWN-GOING.
What I mean by a perfect man is one who develops under perfect conditions; one who is not wounded, or worried or maimed, or in danger.
while it is necessary that every one should do well in his calling, in which consists his excellence, as it is impossible that all the citizens should have the same [1277a] qualifications) it is impossible that the virtue of a citizen and a good man should be the same; for all should possess the virtue of an excellent citizen: for from hence necessarily arise the perfection of the city: but that every one should possess the virtue of a good man is impossible without all the citizens in a well-regulated state were necessarily virtuous.
It is all idle talking: as much as a man is a whole, so is he also a part; and it were partial not to see it.
Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.