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Epicurus Quotes

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341 BC - 271 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.


Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.


It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.


It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.


Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.


A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.


We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.


Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.


Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.


You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.


If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.


The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.


Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.


I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.


Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.


It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.


Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.

    Topics: Death

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.


There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.


I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.


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