May I, o Gods, never enjoy sweet pleasures to excess,
but put a limit to them, so that nothing bad can happen
to the soul or to the body because of them.
May I never be hungry for richness, but
may I be tempered in their use and have dignity in the necessities
of the body, so that I can be proud of my independence.
May I at last never be overwhelmed by a seducent,
vain opinion, and recognize that itís worthy only because of this:
because it can lead us to the real divine virtue.
George Gemistos Plethon
translated by Manuela Simeoni
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