Principal Doctrine 18

“Fleshly pleasure does not increase once the pain of want has been removed; it merely diversifes. But the limit of mental pleasure is reached when one reflects on these very realities, and others of the same kind, which afflict the mind with its worst fears.” (Epicurus, Principal Doctrine 18)

Translated by Mensch (2018)

Philosopher with Mirror by Jusepe de Ribera (1600-1652)