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Unformatted text preview: ually talking of the past, because they enjoy remembering it. Their
fits of anger are sudden but feeble. Their sensual passions have either altogether gone or
have lost their vigour: consequently they do not feel their passions much, and their actions
are inspired less by what they do feel than by the love of gain. Hence men at this time of life
are often supposed to have a self - controlled character; the fact is that their passions have
slackened, and they are slaves to the love of gain. They guide their lives by reasoning more
than by moral feeling; reasoning being directed to utility and moral feeling to moral
goodness. If they wrong others, they mean to injure them, not to insult them. Old men may
feel pity, as well as young men, but not for the same reason. Young men feel it out of
kindness; old men out of weakness, imagining that anything that befalls any one else might
easily happen to them, which, as we saw, is a thought that excites pity. Hence they are
querulous, and not disposed to jesting or laughter - t...
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