Aurelius, Marcus - Meditations - Desire
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Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
In his comparative ranking of sins, applying philosophy to the common man's distinctions, Theophrastus says that offences of lust are graver than those of anger; because it is clearly some sort of pain and involuntary spasm which drives the angry man to abandon reason, whereas the lust led offender has given in to pleasure and seems somehow more abandoned and less manly in his wrong doing.
Rightly then, and like a true philosopher, Theophrastus said that greater censure attaches to an offence committed under the influence of pleasure than to one under the influence of pain. And in general the one is more like an injured party, forced to anger by the pain of provocation; whereas the other is his own source of the impulse to wrong, driven to what he does by lust.