Thursday, August 12, 2010
Can't Get No Satisfaction
Nothing satisfies the man who is not satisfied with a little.Hermann Usener, Epicurea (Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1887), p. 302, cites the following sources:
ᾧ ὀλίγον οὐχ ἱκανόν, ἀλλὰ τούτῳ γε οὐδὲν ἱκανόν.
Aelian, Historical Miscellany 4.13 (tr. N.G. Wilson, cf. Stobaeus, Anthology 17.30):
Epicurus of the deme of Gargettus proclaimed that a man who is not satisfied with a little will not be satisfied with anything. He also said that he was ready to declare himself a match for Zeus in good fortune if he had bread and water. If Epicurus held these opinions, we shall learn on another occasion what he had in mind when he recommended pleasure.Horace, Epistles 1.2.46 (tr. H. Rushton Fairclough):
Ἐπίκουρος ὁ Γαργήττιος <ἐκεκράγει> λέγων· "ᾧ ὀλίγον οὐχ ἱκανόν, ἀλλὰ τούτῳ γε οὐδὲν ἱκανόν." ὁ αὐτὸς ἔλεγε ἑτοίμως ἔχειν καὶ τῷ Διὶ ὑπὲρ εὐδαιμονίας διαγωνίζεσθαι μάζαν ἔχων καὶ ὕδωρ. ταῦτα μὲν οὖν ἐννοῶν ὁ Ἐπίκουρος τί βουλόμενος ἐπῄνει τὴν ἡδονήν, εἰσόμεθα ἄλλοτε.
But he, to whose lot sufficient falls, should covet nothing more.
quod satis est cui contingit, nil amplius optet.
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