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thus grown stronger. Of those we have wronged, and of our enemies or rivals, it is not the
passionate and outspoken whom we have to fear, but the quiet, dissembling, unscrupulous;
since we never know when they are upon us, we can never be sure they are at a safe
distance. All terrible things are more terrible if they give us no chance of retrieving a
blunder either no chance at all, or only one that depends on our enemies and not ourselves.
Those things are also worse which we cannot, or cannot easily, help. Speaking generally,
anything causes us to feel fear that when it happens to, or threatens, others cause us to feel
The above are, roughly, the chief things that are terrible and are feared. Let us now describe
the conditions under which we ourselves feel fear. If fear is associated with the expectation
that something destructive will happen to us, plainly nobody will be afraid who believes
nothing can happen to him; we shall not fear things that we believe cannot happen to us, nor
people who we believe cannot inflict them upon us; nor shall we be af...
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