Ovid, Paul, Spinoza —

“I desire the better, I follow the worse.”

– Ovid, Metamorphoses 7.20-21

“I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.”

– Paul, Romans 7.18-19

“Although he sees what is better for him, he is compelled to follow the worse.”

– Spinoza, Ethics IV pref.

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