Principal Doctrine 20

“The flesh believes that pleasure is limitless and that it requires unlimited time; but the mind, understanding the end and limit of the flesh and ridding itself of fears of the future, secures a complete life and has no longer any need for unlimited time. It does not, however, avoid pleasure; and when circumstances bring on the end of life, it does not depart as if it still lacked any portion of the good life.” (Epicurus, Principal Doctrines 20)


Translated by Russel Geer (1964)


Bathers by Aleksandr Deyneka (1952)