Epicurus Quotes

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Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded Epicureanism.

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Best 24 Quotes by Epicurus

“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.”

“By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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“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.”

“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.”

“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?”

“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.”

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

“Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.”

“Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”

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

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

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“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

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

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

“To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf.”

“War is delightful to those who have not experienced it.”

“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.”

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

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“Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.”

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