But in order that you may understand whence every born error is the pleasure of accusing and praising the pain, I will open the whole matter, and will explain the very things which were said by that inventor of the truth and as it were the architect of the blessed life. For no one rejects, or hates, or shuns pleasure, because it is pleasure itself, but because great pains result from those who do not know how to follow pleasure by reason. Moreover, there is no one who desires to obtain pain, because pain itself is love, enhanced, and desires to acquire it, but because times of such a nature do not occur, so that by toil and pain he may seek some great pleasure. For, to the slightest degree, which of us undertakes any laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who even rightfully condemns him who desires to be in that pleasure which is the result of no annoyance,

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