Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 6, Conclusion


54 Prudence is recommended to us by the concern for our own happiness.

55 Prudence, justice, and beneficence may be recommended to us almost equally by two different principles.


56 Sometimes, those passions are restrained by prudential considerations of their bad consequences, not so much by a sense of their impropriety.


57 The passions which are restrained by the sense of propriety, are all moderated and subdued by it in some degree.


58 Anger and the other passions can often be restrained by prudential considerations.


59 Prudence, justice, and beneficence only produce the most agreeable effects.


60 But in our approbation of the virtues of self-command, complacency with their effects sometimes constitutes no part, frequently a small part, of that approbation.

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