EJN Remembrance #11: blessedness is not the reward of virtue

Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Portrait of Edward J. Nilges’ as of 18 September 2010”, acrylic on canvas oval 20 x 60 cm

“Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue
itself; neither do we rejoice therein, because we control our
lusts, but, contrariwise, because we rejoice therein, we are able
to control our lusts.”

Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics

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