Horace: In Praise of Simple Living

Learn how great the virtue is, my friends, of plain living …
When exercise has made you less fastidious, hungry,
Thirsty, then spurn plain food, refuse to drink the mead …
Well, bread and salt will soothe a rumbling belly.
Why so? The greatest pleasure’s not in costly flavours,
it resides In you yourself.

Gourmet eating is ridiculous.
It’s a belly seldom hungry that scorns common fare.

Now learn the benefits that accompany plain living.
First good health …
But the plain-living man who eats then snatches a nap
Quick as a flash, rises refreshed for his appointed tasks.

In times Of uncertainty who’s more confident?
The man Who’s accustomed a fastidious mind and body
To excess, or the man content with little, wary
Of what’s to come, who wisely in peace prepared for war?

Book II, Satire II

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014), 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and Epicurus of Samos – His Philosophy and Life: All the principal Classical texts Compiled and Introduced by Hiram Crespo (Ukemi Audiobooks, 2020). He's the founder of societyofepicurus.com, and has written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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