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But it would be better, says Chrysippus, if the lines inscribed on the tomb of Sardanapalus were altered thus—
Knowing that thou art mortal, feed thy soul
On wise discourse. There is no good in eating.
For I am now no good, who once did eat
All that I could, and sought all kinds of pleasure.
Now what I thought and learnt and heard of wisdom
Is all I now have left; my luxuries
And all my joys have long deserted me.
And Timon says, very beautifully,—
Of all bad things the chief is appetite.

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