“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
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 without self-command — it’s hard even to imagine justice without self-command.
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