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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Guess: Which Virtue Gives Other Virtues Their “Principal Lustre”?

August 23rd, 2014

Episode 3 of 399 episodes

“Self-command is not only itself a great virtue, but from it all the other virtues seem to derive their principal lustre.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? I was trying to figure out what Smith means, exactly, and I think it’s this: when we consider the possessions of virtues, without self-command, they shrink. Courage without self-command, consideration …

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