Quotes by Greek Philosopher Epicurus


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

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. Epicurus

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

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

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

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

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

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. Epicurus

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

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

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. Epicurus

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

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

All sensations are true; pleasure is our natural goal. Epicurus

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

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

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. Epicurus

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

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

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? Epicurus


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