» In Hamburg » Dirk said, « I know a tavern that is called ‘The Epicurean Delight.’ So good wine and ale are part of his good life? »
» I’ve been waiting for that question – it was certain to appear. Many mistakenly use his name to indicate good food or wine. Were he to know this, Epicurus would be astonished. I believe that this curious error stems from his strict materialism. He believed that there is no afterlife and that since this life life is all there is, we should strive for earthly happiness. But do not make the error of concluding that Epicurus suggests we should spend our lives wallowing in sensual or lustful activities. Absolutely not – he lived and advocated an almost ascetic life. I repeat: he believed we could best maximize pleasure by minimizing pain. Of his major conclusions was that the fear of death was a major source of pain, and he spent much of his life seeking philosophical methods to lessen the fear of death. »
The Spinoza Problem. A Novel, de Irvin D. Yalom, éd. Basic Books, p. 77.
“Le mot le plus galvaudé à la tv c’est ‘épicurien’. Épicure n’a jamais enseigné la consommation comme voie vers la plénitude” -Boucar Diouf
— Catherine Perrin (@RC_ML) 19 février 2013
« Je vibre de plaisir corporel quand je vis de pain et d’eau, et je crache sur les plaisirs luxueux, non en tant que tels, mais à cause des inconvénients qui les suivent. »
Citation attribuée à Épicure.
On peut le constater tous les jours, dans le monde francophone comme anglophone… Déjà il y a cinq ans :
Vu récemment dans une librairie de Montréal :