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Commentary Cons. Phil. Book 3 Prosa 7

Prosa 7

Pleasure brings no true laetitia.

section 1
loquar: deliberative subjunctive.
appetentia: "craving," with objective genitive.

section 2
illae: i.e., uoluptates.
nequitiae: governed by fructum.
fruentium: governed by corporibus.

section 3
tristes: tristes . . . esse . . . exitus: accusative/infinitive.
esse: tristes . . . esse . . . exitus: accusative/infinitive.
exitus: tristes . . . esse . . . exitus: accusative/infinitive.
libidinum suarum: genitive with reminisci ("to remember").

section 4
explicare: approximately the same meaning here as efficere.
nihil causae est quin: "there is no reason why not"; takes subjunctive.
lacunam: "emptiness, lack."

section 5
dictum est: the source for this aphorism is unknown.
nescio quem: < nescio quis, "someone, a man."
tortores: predicative. "One man found his sons to be his torturers." (Many manuscripts read tortorem; in that case the aphorism would run, "it was some torturer who invented children." Cf. Gruber.)
neque alias: neque alias expertum te neque nunc anxium necesse est ammonere.: "it is not necessary to remind you, [who have] both experienced [the truth of the saying] at other times, and [are] now anxious." Cf. Chaucer's version: "it nedeth nat to tellen it the that hast er this tyme assayed it, and art yit now angwysshous."

section 6
Euripidis: Andromache 418ff (a hundred lines after the passage quoted at the beginning of 3P6).

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