Excessive Care of the Body

“But excessive care of the body, over and above physical training, is pretty well the biggest obstacle of all [to virtuous living]…wherever this kind of virtue is practiced and examined, excessive care of the body hinders it, for it makes a person think he’s ill and be all the time concerned about his body.” (Plato, Republic 407c)

“With regard to the condition and nurture of his body, not only will the just man not give himself over to bestial and irrational pleasure, but he also won’t make health his goal nor give priority to gaining strength or health or beauty, except insofar as he will become temperate as a result. Indeed, he will clearly always tune the harmony of his body for the sake of the concord of his soul.” (Republic 591e-d)

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