How all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give complete
account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the mas-
ter-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure,
but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure.
There anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because
occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a
trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise,