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Ass's Shadow

Posted 1/27/2014 7:04pm by Eugene Wyatt.

Lucien to Hermotimus (~150 AD)

So it is with the philosophers (religions). All alike are in search of Happiness—what kind of thing it is. One says one thing, one another: it is pleasure; it is virtue;—what not? And Happiness may indeed be one of those things. But it is possible also that it may be still something else, different and distinct from them all.

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All philosophers (religions), so to speak, are but fighting about the Ass's Shadow.


Marius The Epicurean p. 168, Walter Pater 1885.