Lynn Thorndike A Witticism

Sun Dec 4, 2005

“[Galen] disputes the assertion of Epicurus–one by which some of his followers failed to be guided–that there is no benefit to health in Aphrodite, and contends that at certain intervals and in certain individuals and circumstances sexual intercourse is beneficial” (History of Magic and Experimental Science Vol. I, 141).

On an unrelated topic, what famous book about masturbation uses the following remark by Nietzsche as one of its many epigrams–all but one (from La Rouchefoucauld) also from Nietzsche?

“Der Unterlieb ist der Grund dafur, dass der Mensch sich nicht so leicht fur einen Gott halt”