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Single Idea 442

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 3. Pleasure / f. Dangers of pleasure]

Full Idea

Pleasures for mortals are like impious pirates, for the man who is caught by pleasures is immediately drowned in a sea of them.

Gist of Idea

Pleasures are like pirates - if you are caught they drown you in a sea of pleasures


Epicharmus (comedies (frags) [c.470 BCE], B44), quoted by (who?) - where?

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.38

A Reaction

Not all slopes are slippery. Plenty of people hold themselves to strict rules about alcohol or gambling. People have occasional treats.