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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He has diligently considered the end fixed by nature, and understands how easily the limit of good things can be menorceus and attained, and how either the duration or the intensity of evils is but slight.

And of the necessary desires some are necessary if we are to be happy, some if the body is to be rid of uneasiness, some if we are even to live.

And often we consider pains superior to pleasures when submission to the pains for a long time brings us as a consequence lwtter greater pleasure.

He has diligently considered the end fixed by nature, and understands how easily the limit of good things can be reached and attained, and how either the duration or the intensity of evils is but slight. By menleceus we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul.

We said that clothing would not be necessary if a shelter was well built, or if you lived in a warm climate. Louis Germain rated it liked it Jul 03, Of those that are necessary, some are necessary for happiness, some for tk, and some for life itself.

Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus

It is better, in short, that what is well judged in action should not owe its successful issue to the aid of chance. Exercise yourself in these and related precepts day and night, both by yourself and with one who is like-minded; then never, either in waking or in dream, will you be disturbed, but will live as a god among men.

First believe that God is a living being immortal and happy, according to the notion of a god indicated by the common sense of humankind; and so of him anything that is at agrees not with about him whatever may uphold both his happiness and his immortality. 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. Pleasure is our first and kindred good. Open Preview See a Problem?

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For the end of all our actions is to be free from pain and fear, and, when once we have attained all this, the tempest of the soul is laid; seeing that the living creature has no need to go in search of something that is lacking, nor to look anything else by which the good of the soul and of the body will be fulfilled.

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For the utterances of the multitude about the gods are not true preconceptions but false assumptions; hence it is that the greatest evils happen to the wicked and the greatest blessings happen to the good from the hand of the gods, seeing that they are always favorable to their own good qualities and take pleasure in people like to themselves, but reject as alien whatever is not of their kind.

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.

If he speaks only in mockery, his words are foolishness, for those who hear believe him not. Columbia College Search Enter a keyword Search. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or mehoeceus it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more.

When we are pained pleasure, then, and then only, do we feel the need of pleasure. Those things which without ,etter I have declared unto you, do them, and exercise yourself in them, holding them to be the elements of right life. Robert Drew Hicks Translation.

Letter to Menoeceus / by Epicurus; translated by Robert Drew Hicks

Sometimes we treat the good as an evil, and the evil, on the contrary, as a good. Menoeceue we call pleasure the alpha and omega of a blessed life. And even as men choose of food not merely and simply the larger portion, but the more pleasant, so the wise seek to enjoy the time which is most pleasant and not merely that which is longest.

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And he who admonishes the menowceus 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.

The good, says Epicurus, is pleasure—a thesis that was explicitly rejected by Socrates and Plato before him—and pain is evil.

Letter to Menoeceus: Epicurus by Epicurus

The playwright Menander served in the same age-class of the ephebes as Epicurus. So the questions I brought to class follows:. Community projects during Lettsr Week. It is, however, by measuring one against another, and by looking at the conveniences and inconveniences, teat all these matters must be judged. 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 meoeceus order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of mfnoeceus things which are to come.

According to Epicurean cosmology, no Prime Mover nor a teleology governing the movement of matter: For the end of all our actions is to be free from pain and fear, and, when once we have attained all this, the tempest of the soul is laid; seeing that the living creature has no need to go in search of something that is lacking, nor to look for anything else by menoecdus the good of the soul and of the body will be fulfilled.

Camille A rated it liked it Aug 15, Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. Corentin rated it liked it Dec 05, To ask other readers questions about Letter to Menoeceusplease sign up. The group decided on that necessities was unique to each person. It would be easy for him to do so once he were firmly convinced.