Notable Quotes by Well Known Philosopher Epicurus

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  • The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
  • Justice… is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
  • Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
  • Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
  • The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
  • Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
  • The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
  • I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
  • It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
  • There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.
  • If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
  • We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
  • It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
  • Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
  • The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
  • A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
  • It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
  • 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.
  • Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
  • Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
  • 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.
  • If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
  • I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
  • Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
  • 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.
  • You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
  • 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.