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Inspirational Epicurus Quotes

Epicurus quotes
Epicurus quotes

Epicurus (341 – 270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus’s 300 written works remain. This post features some inspirational Epicurus Quotes.

Epicurus emphasized friendship as an important ingredient of happiness. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear—and aponia—the absence of pain—and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods neither reward nor punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

Epicurus Quotes
Epicurus Quotes

Epicurus Quotes

“It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.”
― Epicurus

“The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.”
― 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

“Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.”
― Epicurus

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
― Epicurus

“Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”
― Epicurus

“A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness.”
― 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

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”
― Epicurus

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

“Never say that I have taken it, only that I have given it back.”
― Epicurus

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”
― Epicurus

“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.”
― Epicurus quotes

“He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing .”
― Epicurus

“He who has peace of mind disturbs neither himself nor another.”
Epicurus

“We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.”
― Epicurus

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

“Empty is the argument of the philosopher which does not relieve any human suffering.”
― 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

“If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.”
― Epicurus

“Don’t fear the gods,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.”
― Epicurus

“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.”
Epicurus quotes

“The noble man is chiefly concerned with wisdom and friendship; of these, the former is a mortal good, the latter and immortal one.”
― Epicurus

“All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help.”
― Epicurus

“He who says either that the time for philosophy has not yet come or that it has passed is like someone who says that the time for happiness has not yet come or that it has passed.”
― Epicurus

“Of all the things which wisdom acquires to produce the blessedness of the complete life, for the greatest is the possession of friendship.”
― Epicurus

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

“The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.”
― Epicurus

“Those who were best able to provide themselves with the means of security against their neighbors, being thus in possession of the surest guarantee, passed the most agreeable life in each others society”.
― Epicurus

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