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by what means they are made so. Growing calm may be defined as a settling down or
quieting of anger. Now we get angry with those who slight us; and since slighting is a
voluntary act, it is plain that we feel calm towards those who do nothing of the kind, or who
do or seem to do it involuntarily. Also towards those who intended to do the opposite of
what they did do. Also towards those who treat themselves as they have treated us: since no
one can be supposed to slight himself. Also towards those who admit their fault and are
sorry: since we accept their grief at what they have done as satisfaction, and cease to be
angry. The punishment of servants shows this: those who contradict us and deny their
offence we punish all the more, but we cease to be incensed against those who agree that
they deserved their punishment. The reason is that it is shameless to deny what is obvious,
and those who are shameless towards us slight us and show contempt for us: anyhow, we do
not feel shame before those...
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