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Single Idea 13554

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character]

Full Idea

There is no more reliable proof of greatness than to be in a state where nothing can happen to make you disturbed.

Gist of Idea

True greatness is never allowing events to disturb you


Seneca the Younger (On Anger (Book 3) [c.60], 06)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Dialogues and Essays', ed/tr. Davie,John [Penguin 2007], p.23

A Reaction

He specifically opposes Aristotle's view that there are times when anger is appropriate, and failure to be very angry indeed is a failure of character.

Related Ideas

Idea 5235 Patient people are indignant, but only appropriately, as their reason prescribes [Aristotle]

Idea 5236 It is foolish not to be angry when it is appropriate [Aristotle]