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close to us, and better to boast about. Being well- born, which means coming of a fine stock,
must be distinguished from nobility, which means being true to the family nature- a quality
not usually found in the well- born, most of whom are poor creatures. In the generations of
men as in the fruits of the earth, there is a varying yield; now and then, where the stock is
good, exceptional men are produced for a while, and then decadence sets in. A clever stock
will degenerate towards the insane type of character, like the descendants of Alcibiades or of
the elder Dionysius; a steady stock towards the fatuous and torpid type, like the descendants
of Cimon, Pericles, and Socrates.
The type of character produced by Wealth lies on the surface for all to see. Wealthy men are
insolent and arrogant; their possession of wealth affects their understanding; they feel as if
they had every good thing that exists; wealth becomes a sort of standard of value for
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