Accordingly, he is bound by the choices of the wise man of those things, so that, either by rejecting his pleasures, he may obtain other greater ones, or be expelled from the more severely endured pains. They provide a ton, and they are in a similar fault who abandon their duties with a softness of mind, that is, a flight of toils and sorrows. But in certain times, and due to obligations, or necessities of life, it will often happen that both pleasures must be repudiated and annoyances not accepted.
In certain times, however, it often happens that either the obligations due to obligations or the necessities of things occur, so that both pleasures must be repudiated and annoyances not accepted. Accordingly, the choice of those things is bound here by the wise man, so that either by rejecting the pleasures he may at other times obtain greater or the enduring sorrows. But in order that you may understand whence every born error is the pleasure of accusing and praising the pain, I will open the whole matter, and will explain the very things which were said by that inventor of the truth and as it were the architect of the blessed life. For no one rejects, or hates, or shuns pleasure, because it is pleasure itself, but because great pains result from those who do not know how to follow pleasure by reason. Moreover, there is no one who desires to obtain pain itself because pain is important, enhanced, but because times of such a nature do not occur so that by toil and pain he may seek some great pleasure.
For, to the slightest degree, who of us undertakes any laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? Who, however, rightfully condemns either one who wishes to be in that pleasure which obtains no annoyance, or one who shuns the pain by which no pleasure can be obtained? But we both accuse and deem them most worthy of just hatred, who, blinded by the flattery of the present pleasures, soothe and corrupt those whom the pains and the troubles which they will receive, are blinded by the desire to receive them.