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Single Idea 1540

[catalogued under 20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 1. Acting on Desires]

Full Idea

The guides to what is good and bad for people are pleasure and pain.

Gist of Idea

Pleasure and pain guide our choices of good and bad


Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], B188), quoted by John Stobaeus - Anthology 3.01.46

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.191