Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

In Aristotle's Point of View, who is more virtuous, "a person who is tempted to do something wrong and overcomes it" or "a person who is never tempted in the first place"? Why?

How would Aristotle feel on this issue?

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Aristotle sums it all up in this powerful quote on temptations, "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self."


I think the reasons are pretty obvious if we reflect on them. More often than not, our worse antagonist is the self. Overcoming one's demons, temptations and weaknesses is a greater testament to inner strength than to never have had these obstacles at all.

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