Vatican Saying 63

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This Saying dispels the notion that Epicurus was a strict, extreme ascetic. There is, he tells us, a proper measure even for frugality; there is in fact such a thing as too much, and too little of it. The person who is thoughtless (presumably in being a spendthrift, or one who thoughtlessly indulges in gratifying his desires without measure) suffers just about as badly as the one who shows "indefiniteness" (i.e. one who overdoes it, and espouses "unlimited" frugality to an extreme). There is indeed a happy medium between indulgence and draconian self-starvation (both literally and metaphorically).

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