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ὅτι καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ ἡδέα κτλ.: that even to those pleasures to which alone intemperance seems to lead men, it really cannot lead them. ἀκρασία is lack of self-control, the exact opposite of ἐγκράτεια. πῶς: how so? ὥσπερ: inasmuch as. ἔστιν: it is possible. περιμείναντας, ἀνασχομένους: circumstantial participles of manner, explaining καρτερεῖν, and belonging to its subj. (sc. ἀνθρώπους). ὡς ἔνι ἥδιστα: see on iii.8.4. From οὐκ ἐῶσα to γένηται may be regarded as a parenthesis explanatory of κωλύει. τοῖς ἀναγκαιοτάτοις τε καὶ συνεχεστάτοις: the most natural and most continuous pleasures. ἥδεσθαι ἀξίως μνήμης: to have any pleasure worth recalling.
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