–from Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“…He who is excited by anger seems to turn away from reason with a certain pain and unconscious contraction;
But he who offends through [intentional] desire, [thus] being overpowered by [a specific form of] pleasure, seems to be in a manner more intemperate and more womanish in his offenses.
Rightly then, and in a way worthy of philosophy…the offense which is committed with pleasure is more blame-able than that which is committed with pain;
And on the whole, the one is more like a person who has been first wronged and through pain is compelled to be angry;
But the other is moved by his own impulse to do wrong, being carried towards doing something by desire.”
Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations . Pandora’s Box. Kindle Edition.