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A new, public-domain translation of the Letter to Menoikos of Epicurus, including the original Greek text along with notes on the translation. 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. EpicurllĀ«1 (TranAated by Brad Inwo(Jd and L. R Geraon). Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.

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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.

Letter to Menoeceus

It would be easy for him to do so once he were firmly convinced. Exercise yourself in these and kindred precepts day and night, both by yourself and with him who is like to you; then never, either in waking or in dream, will you be disturbed, but will live as a god among people.

It is the starting-point of every choice and of every aversion, and to it we come back, inasmuch as we make feeling the rule by which to judge of every good thing.

We must remember that the future is neither wholly ours nor wholly not ours, so that neither must we count upon it as quite certain to come nor despair of it as quite certain not to come. But if he is joking, it is a worthless remark to those who don’t accept it. An Unpublished Letter of William James. Of all this the d is prudence. Peirce Society 43 4: Someone who says that the time to love and practice wisdom has not yet come or has passed is like someone who says that the time for happiness has not yet come or has passed.


So the questions I brought to class follows:. For the virtues have grown into lettr with a pleasant life, and a pleasant life is inseparable from them. Who, then, is superior in your judgment to such a man?

menoeceud Instead, we pass up many pleasures when we will gain more of what we need from doing so. Immortality, Authenticity, and Living Forever in the Present. For something that causes no trouble when present causes only a groundless pain when merely expected.

The wise person does not deprecate life nor does he fear the cessation of life.

Denis Diderot – – New York: It is easily done, if he has truly decided. No keywords specified fix it.

Epicurus – Letter to Menoeceus

Not the man who denies menosceus gods worshipped by the multitude, but he who affirms of the gods what the multitude believes about them is truly impious. It is the starting-point of every choice and of every aversion, and to it we come back, inasmuch as we make feeling the rule by which to menpeceus of every good thing. Sometimes we treat the good as an evil, and the evil, on the contrary, as a good. Kant – – In Eric Watkins ed. If he speaks only in mockery, his words are foolishness, for those who hear believe him not.

Let no one put off the love and practice of wisdom [ note ] when young, nor grow tired of it when old. It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer.


Of those that are necessary, some are necessary for happiness, some for health, and some for life itself. Arrighetti as published in Epicuro Opere Torino: Ot, which some introduce as sovereign over all things, he scorns, affirming rather that some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency.

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

Yet the wise man does not dishonor life since he is not set against it and he is not afraid to stop living since he does not consider that to be a bad thing.

And he considers it better to be rationally unfortunate than irrationally fortunate, since it is better for a beautiful choice to have the wrong results than for an ugly choice to have the right results just by chance. Believe about him whatever may uphold both his blessedness menieceus his immortality. Sign in to use this menoecwus. Much worse is he who says that it were good not to be born, but when once one is epjcurus to pass with all speed through the gates of Hades.

Kevin O’Regan – unknown. Although “the standard of experience” is one possible translation, that swings in the opposite direction of empiricism. If he speaks only in jest, his words are foolishness as those who hear him do not believe. A Friendly Letter of Complaint.