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When he is tempted to be angry with some irritating person, he is faced with two choices: either to identify himself with this lower emotion or with his higher aspirations. If, following bad habit, he succumbs to the first, he weakens himself still further. If, following good resolve, he overcomes the temptation, he strengthens himself for the future.

-- Notebooks Category 6: Emotions and Ethics > Chapter 3: Discipline Emotions > # 39

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