"Epicurus at Leontium" - Ludwig Gottlieb Portman, c. 1802-1803

  • A Dutch illustrator. The caption reads:

    ; maar ontdek er de Spooren van het geluk niet - Epicurus

    ; but do not discover the Traces of Happiness. - Epicurus

    I have a Dutch friend, perhaps he is willing to provide a better translation.

    “If the joys found in nature are crimes, then man’s pleasure and happiness is to be criminal.”

  • Presuming that is not part of a book or larger context, the inscription almost looks as if it was intended to be a quotation, but the translation doesn't really make much sense. Maybe" traces" is "limits" (?) but the "do not discover" doesn't seem appropriate.