How strange a thing is what men call pleasure1 min read

How strange a thing is what men call pleasure !
How wonderful is its relation to pain,
which seems to be the opposite of it.
They will not come to a man together;
but if he pursues the one and gains it,
he is almost forced to take the other also,
as if they were two distinct things united at one end.

—Socrates in “ Phaedo