Letter to Menoeceus By Epicurus. Translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Greeting. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search. Letter to Menoeceus – Epicurus – Translated by Robert Drew Hicks – Epicurus; BC, was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the. In this letter, Epicurus recommends to Menoeceus that he conduct his life according to certain prescripts, and in accordance with certain beliefs, in order that his.
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Letter to Menoeceus / by Epicurus; translated by Robert Drew Hicks
And of the necessary desires some are necessary menoeceeus we are to be happy, some if the body is to be rid of uneasiness, some if we are even to live. Arn lettsr it it was amazing Nov 05, But the cheerfulness of my mind, which comes from the recollection of all my philosophical contemplation, counterbalances all these afflictions. And often we consider pains superior to pleasures when submission to the pains for a long time brings us as a consequence a greater pleasure.
Preview — Letter to Menoeceus by Epicurus.
Destiny which some introduce as sovereign over all things, he laughs to scorn, affirming rather that some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency.
Epicurus would often deny this influence, denounce other philosophers as confused, and claim to be “self-taught”. However, clothing could be necessary or some and necessary for others.
Therefore, both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom, the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.
Akram Bouanani rated it liked it Jul 30, Robert Drew Hicks Translation. Sometimes we treat the good as an evil, and the evil, on the contrary, as a good. When we say, then, that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality, as we are understood to do by some through ignorance, prejudice, or willful misrepresentation. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search thereof when he is grown old.
It is better, in short, that what is well judged in action should not owe its successful issue to the aid of chance. But is it not unlimited pleasure at particular moments that one ought to seek to attain a happy life; rather, what is desired is the obtainment of pleasure and the absence of pain, fear, and perturbation in the long term, the state of being Epicurus calls ataraxia. But in the world, at one time men shun death as the greatest of all evils, and at another time choose it as a respite from the evils in life.
It is better, in short, that what is well judged in action should not owe its successful issue to the aid of chance. We must also reflect that of desires some are natural, others are groundless; and that of the natural some are necessary as well as natural, and some natural only. Therefore, both old and young ought to seek wisdom, the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.
Whatever causes no annoyance when it is present, causes only a groundless pain in the expectation. He then founded a school in Lampsacus before returning to Athens in BC. And he who admonishes the young to live well and the old to make a good end speaks foolishly, not merely because of the desirability of life, but because the same exercise at once teaches to live well and to die well.
Of all this the beginning and the greatest good is wisdom.
Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus by Epicurus
And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is menoecdus and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more. Refresh and try again. It were better, indeed, to accept the legends of the gods than to bow beneath that yoke of destiny which the natural philosophers have imposed. And since pleasure is our first and native good, for that reason we do not choose every pleasure whatever, but often pass over many pleasures when a greater annoyance ensues from them.
Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus
Camille A rated it liked it Aug 15, Sometimes we treat the good as an evil, and the evil, on the contrary, as a good. Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. Menoeecus he sees that necessity destroys responsibility and that chance or fortune is inconstant; whereas our own actions are free, and it is to them that praise and blame naturally attach.
Accustom yourself to believing that death leyter nothing to us, for good and evil imply the capacity for sensation, and death is the privation of all sentience; therefore a correct understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life a limitless time, but by taking away the yearning after letterr.
Wael rated it liked it Nov 01, Exercise yourself in these and related precepts day and night, both by yourself and with one letteer is like-minded; then never, either in waking or in dream, will you be disturbed, but will live as a god among men. The one holds out some faint hope that we may escape if we honor the gods, while the necessity of the naturalists is deaf to tk entreaties.
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And since pleasure is our first and native good, for that reason we do not choose every pleasure whatsoever, but will often pass over many pleasures when a greater annoyance ensues from them. When we are pained because of the absence of pleasure, then, and then only, do we feel the need of pleasure. So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward kenoeceus it.
It is not an unbroken succession of drinking-bouts and of revelry, not sexual lust, not the enjoyment of the fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul.