Best quotes by the Greek Philosopher Epicurus

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

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

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.
  • Recognition

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.
  • Gratitude



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

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

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

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
  • Talent

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

Death, the most dreaded of all evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.
  • Death

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

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

All sensations are true; pleasure is our natural goal.
  • Pleasure

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.
  • hope

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

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

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

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

I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
  • Learning

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.
  • couch

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.
  • Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

Never say that I have taken it, only that I have given it back.
  • philosophy

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?
  • Atheism

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
  • Fortune

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

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

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

The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
  • philosophy

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


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