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Unformatted text preview: he love of laughter being the very
opposite of querulousness.
Such are the characters of Young Men and Elderly Men. People always think well of
speeches adapted to, and reflecting, their own character: and we can now see how to
compose our speeches so as to adapt both them and ourselves to our audiences.
As for Men in their Prime, clearly we shall find that they have a character between that of
the young and that of the old, free from the extremes of either. They have neither that excess
of confidence which amounts to rashness, nor too much timidity, but the right amount of
each. They neither trust everybody nor distrust everybody, but judge people correctly. Their
lives will be guided not by the sole consideration either of what is noble or of what is useful,
but by both; neither by parsimony nor by prodigality, but by what is fit and proper. So, too,
in regard to anger and desire; they will be brave as well as temperate, and temperate as well
as brave; these virtues are divided between the young and the old; the you...
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