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De Prov. 6.6-9 "Advice on Suicide"

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6.6"But there happen many sad, horrible, and hardly bearable things."(*God's speaking:) 'Because I couldn't rescue you from them, I have armed your minds against everything; Endure bravely.  This is where you surpass God; He is outside patience of evils, (but) you are above patience.  Despise poverty ―― none lives as poorly as when he was born.  Despise pain ―― it will either be loosened o...

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De Ira 1.19, 21

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1.19.1-2Anger, I say, has this evil: it doesn't want to be ruled.  Anger gets angry with the truth itself if it (=the truth) appears against its (=anger's) will;  With shout, confusion, and shaking of its whole body, it chases what it has aimed at, with clamours and insults being thrown towards.  Reason does this not; but, if it must (do) so, being silent and quiet, it removes all the hous...

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De Ira 1.12, 15

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 1.12.1One might say, "What then? Is a Good Man not angry if he sees his father killed or his mother raped?"  No, he won't be angry, but he will avenge (them), protect (them.)  [ ... ]1.12.5To be anger for himself is of not pious but weak mind: It is beautiful and dignified to appear as the defender for his parents, sons, friends, and fellow-citizens, led by the sense of duty itself, whe...

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De Ira 1.7

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 1.7.1Although anger might not be natural, isn't it (=anger) surely to be adopted, because it has sometimes been useful?  It elevates and incites our minds; without anger, fortitude wages nothing magnificient in war, unless flame is supplied hence and this stimulus excites and puts bold men in danger.  Thus some people think it the best to control anger, not to remove; and to restrict it...

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De Ira 1.6

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1.6.1"Then what? Isn't castigation sometimes necessary?" Why not? But (we do) that with consideration, not with anger; for it doesn't harm but heal with pretence of harming.  Just as we burn certain distorted shafts to straighten (them) and we strike (them) not to break but to unfold (them), with wedges hurled, so we straighten the talents, (which are) perverse with vices, with pain of body ...

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