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2. For we—but, perhaps, you would rob and deprive us of common-sense—feel and perceive that none of these has divine power, or possesses a form of its own;40834083    Lit., “is contained in a form of its own kind.” but that, on the contrary, they are the excellence of manhood,40844084    i.e., manliness. the safety of the safe, the honour of the respected, the victory of the conqueror, the harmony of the allied, the piety of the pious, the recollection of the observant, the good fortune, indeed, of him who lives happily and without exciting any ill-feeling. Now it is easy to perceive that, in speaking thus, we speak most reasonably when we observe40854085    Lit., “which it is easy to perceive to be said by us with the greatest truth from,” etc.,—so most edd. reading nobis; but the ms., according to Crusius, gives vobis—“you,” as in Orelli and Oberthür. the contrary qualities opposed to them, misfortune, discord, forgetfulness, injustice, impiety, baseness of spirit, and unfortunate40864086    Lit., “less auspicious.” weakness of body. For as these things happen accidentally, and40874087    The ms., first four edd., and Elmenhorst, read, quæ—“which;” the rest, as above, que. depend on human acts and chance moods, so their contraries, named40884088    Lit., “what is opposed to them named,” nominatum; a correction by Oehler for the ms. nominatur—“is named.” after more agreeable qualities, must be found in others; and from these, originating in this wise, have arisen those invented names.


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