Character is only known to us through its manifestation in conduct; and I conceive that in our common recognition of Virtue as having value in itself, we do not ordinarily distinguish character from conduct: we do not raise the question whether character is to be valued for the sake of the conduct in which it is manifested, or conduct for the sake of the character that it exhibits and develops. How this question should be answeredwhen it is raised will be more conveniently considered at a later stage of the discussion. See Book iii. chap. ii. §2, and chap. xiv. §1.
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