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At vero eos et accusamus et ius­to odio dig­nis­si­mos ducimus qui blandi­ti­is prae­sen­tium volup­ta­tum delen­i­ti atque cor­rup­ti quos dolores et quas moles­tias excep­turi sint occae­cati cupid­i­tate non prov­i­dent, sim­ilique sunt in cul­pa qui offi­cia deserunt mol­li­tia ani­mi, id est labo­rum et dolo­rum fuga. Et harum qui­dem rerum facilis est et expe­di­ta dis­tinc­tio. Nam libero tem­pore, cum solu­ta nobis est eli­gen­di optio cumque nihil imped­it quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere pos­simus, omnis volup­tas assumen­da est, omnis dolor repel­len­dus.

Tem­po­ribus autem quibus­dam et aut offici­is deb­itis aut rerum neces­si­tat­i­bus saepe eve­ni­et ut et volup­tates repu­dian­dae sint et moles­ti­ae non recu­san­dae. Itaque earum rerum hic tene­tur a sapi­ente delec­tus, ut aut reiciendis volup­tat­i­bus maiores alias con­se­quatur aut per­fer­endis doloribus aspe­ri­ores repel­lat.”

On the oth­er hand, we denounce with right­eous indig­na­tion and dis­like men who are so beguiled and demor­al­ized by the charms of plea­sure of the moment, so blind­ed by desire, that they can­not fore­see the pain and trou­ble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty.

But I must explain to you how all this mis­tak­en idea of denounc­ing plea­sure and prais­ing pain was born and I will give you a com­plete account of the sys­tem, and expound the actu­al teach­ings of the great explor­er of the truth, the mas­ter-builder of human hap­pi­ness. No one rejects, dis­likes, or avoids plea­sure itself, because it is plea­sure, but because those who do not know how to pur­sue plea­sure ratio­nal­ly encounter con­se­quences that are extreme­ly painful.

Nor again is there any­one who loves or pur­sues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occa­sion­al­ly cir­cum­stances occur in which toil and pain can pro­cure him some great plea­sure. To take a triv­ial exam­ple.

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