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[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / e. Character]

Full Idea

It is almost better never to become a good man at all than to do so tardily, understanding how to live when you have no life left.

Gist of Idea

There is not much point in only becoming good near the end of your life


Michel de Montaigne (III.10 On Restraining your Will [1580], p.1142)

Book Reference

Montaigne,Michel de: 'The Complete Essays', ed/tr. Screech,M.A. [Penguin 1987], p.1142

A Reaction

A very nice perspective, which I don't recall Aristotle mentioning. It does, though, reinforce Aristotle's belief that early training is essential.