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intemperate, the old temperate but cowardly. To put it generally, all the valuable qualities
that youth and age divide between them are united in the prime of life, while all their
excesses or defects are replaced by moderation and fitness. The body is in its prime from
thirty to five- and - thirty; the mind about forty - nine.
http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.2.ii.html Seite 19 von 20 The Internet Classics Archive | Rhetoric by Aristotle 01.09.12 23:10 So much for the types of character that distinguish youth, old age, and the prime of life. We
will now turn to those Gifts of Fortune by which human character is affected. First let us
consider Good Birth. Its effect on character is to make those who have it more ambitious; it
is the way of all men who have something to start with to add to the pile, and good birth
implies ancestral distinction. The well- born man will look down even on those who are as
good as his own ancestors, because any far- off distinction is greater th...
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