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Enmity and Hatred should clearly be studied by reference to their opposites. Enmity may be
produced by anger or spite or calumny. Now whereas anger arises from offences against
oneself, enmity may arise even without that; we may hate people merely because of what we
take to be their character. Anger is always concerned with individuals - a Callias or a
Socrates - whereas hatred is directed also against classes: we all hate any thief and any
informer. Moreover, anger can be cured by time; but hatred cannot. The one aims at giving
pain to its object, the other at doing him harm; the angry man wants his victims to feel; the
hater does not mind whether they feel or not. All painful things are felt; but the greatest
evils, injustice and folly, are the least felt, since their presence causes no pain. And anger is
accompanied by pain, hatred is not; the angry man feels pain, but the hater does not. Much
may happen to make the angry man pity those who offend him, but the hater under no
circumstances wishes to pity a man whom he has once hated: for the one would have the
offenders suffer for what...
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