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

— Epicurus

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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.

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Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

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Remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.

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Epicurus quote If a little is not enough for you, the n

If a little is not enough for you, the nothing is.

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Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not.

If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?

161

Happiness is man's greatest aim in life.

Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.

139

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

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Epicurus quote Do not spoil what you have by desiring w

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.

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We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.

121

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

114

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.

111

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

104

Men, believing in myths, will always fear something terrible, everlasting punishment as certain or probable . . . Men base all these fears not on mature opinions, but on irrational fancies, that they are more disturbed by fear of the unknown than by facing facts. Peace of mind lies in being delivered from all these fears.

102

Pleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul.

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About Epicurus

Quotes 172 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

The pleasant life is not produced by continual drinking and dancing, nor sexual intercourse, nor rare dishes of sea food and other delicacies of a luxurious table. On the contrary, it is produced by sober reasoning which examines the motives for every choice and avoidance, driving away beliefs which are the source of mental disturbances.

89

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here.

And when it does come, we no longer exist.

84

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

62

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come,we are not.

52

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.

50

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

48

The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship.

47

We have been born once and there can be no second birth.

Fir all eternity we shall no longer be. But you, although you are not master of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness.

45

Luxurious food and drinks, in no way protect you from harm.

Wealth beyond what is natural, is no more use than an overflowing container. Real value is not generated by theaters, and baths, perfumes or ointments, but by philosophy.

37

He who understands the limits of life knows that it is easy to obtain that which removes the pain of want and makes the whole of life complete and perfect. Thus he has no longer any need of things which involve struggle.

34

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.

29

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract;

it is merely a compact between men in their various relations with each other, in whatever circumstances they may be, that they will neither injure nor be injured.

29

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

27

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

25

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

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.

23

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.

22

Freedom is the greatest fruit of self sufficiency.

22

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

21

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.

20

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot;

or he can and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?

19

All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help

17

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man;

his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.

17

Launch your boat, blessed youth, and flee at full speed from every form of culture.

16

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.

16

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.

16

A strict belief in fate is the worst of slavery, imposing upon our necks an everlasting lord and tyrant, whom we are to stand in awe of night and day.

15

The summit of pleasure is the elimination of all that gives pain.

14

Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.

Epicurus taught: Pleasure, defined as freedom from pain, is the highest good.

14

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.

13

If death causes you no pain when you're dead, it is foolish to allow the fear of it to cause you pain now.

13

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

13

Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.

12

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

12

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

12

He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing .

12

The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure;

but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.

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