“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a
complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-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 rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is 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, except
to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no
annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?