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[47] But it may be urged that, in old men, “pleasure's tingling,”1 if I may so call it, is not so great. True, but neither is their yearning for pleasures so great, and, moreover, nothing troubles you for which you do not yearn. It was an excellent reply that Sophocles made to a certain man who asked him, when he was already old, if he still indulged in the delights of love. “Heaven forbid!” he said. “Indeed I have fled from them as from a harsh and cruel master.”2 For to those who eagerly desire such things the want of them is perhaps an annoyance and a trouble; but to those who are sated and cloyed with them it is more pleasant to be in want of them than to possess them; though, indeed. a man cannot “want” that for which he has no longing, and therefore I assert that the absence of longing is more pleasant.

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