Epicurus

Epicurus
341 B.C.
270 B.C.

Greek Philosopher, Founder of the School of Philosophy called Epicureanism

Author Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

It is Reason alone which makes life happy and pleasant, by expelling all false conceptions or opinions ...

If you want to make a man happy, add not to his riches, but take away from his desires.

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.

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

A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful and more honorable to give than to receive.

The wise man is little inconvenienced by fortune: things that matter are under the control of his own judgment and reason.

When we have only a little we should be satisfied; for this reason, that those best enjoy abundance who are contented with the least.

You must be the slave of philosophy, if you would enjoy real freedom.

The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

The fool with all his other thoughts, has this also; he is always getting ready to live.

The flesh alone endures the storms of the present alone, the mind those of the past and future as well as the present.

The flesh believes that pleasure is limitless and that it requires unlimited time; but the mind, understanding the end and limit of the flesh and ridding itself of fears of the future, secures a complete life and has no longer any need for unlimited time.

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is not enough.

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

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First Name
Epicurus
Birth Date
341 B.C.
Death Date
270 B.C.
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Greek Philosopher, Founder of the School of Philosophy called Epicureanism