Vice, the Absolute Effector of Infelicity

From a translator’s note to Plutarch’s “Whether Vice is Sufficient to Render a Man Unhappy”:

Our author having, in the beginning, describ’d the misery of a covetous person, and of a courtier, adds, in the prosecution of his principle design, that Vice is the absolute effector of infelicity, having need of no instruments or servants, to render a man miserable; whence he collects, that there is no danger or calamity which we ought not rather to choose, than to be vicious.

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