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 Epicurus Quotes 

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Is God willing to prevent prevent evil, evil, but not able? able? Then he is not omnipotent omnipotent

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

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

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

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

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

Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes constitutes our abundance. abundance.

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

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

Accustom yourself to the belief that death is of no concern concern to us, since all good and evil evil lie in sensation and sensation ends with ends with death. Therefore the true belief that death is nothing to us makes a mortal mortal life happy, not by adding to adding to it an infinite time, but by taking away taking away the desire for immortality. immortality. For there is no reason why the man who is thoroughly thoroughly assured assured that there is nothing to fear in death should find anything to fear in life. So, too, he is foolish who says that he fears death, not because it will be painful when it comes, but because the anticipation anticipation of it is painful; for that which is no burden burden when it is present gives pain to no purpose when it is anticipated. anticipated. Death, the most dreaded dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern concern to us; for while we exist exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist. exist. It is therefore nothing either to the living or to the dead since it is not present to the living, and the dead no longer are.

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

Lastly, if they are both able able and willing to annihilate annihilate evil, evil, why does it exist? exist?

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

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

When, therefore, we maintain that pleasure pleasure is the end, we do not mean mean the pleasures pleasures of profligates and those that consist in sensuality, as is supposed by some who are either ignorant or disagree with us or do not understand, but freedom from pain in the body and from trouble in the mind. For it is not continuous drinkings and revelings, nor the satisfaction of lusts, nor the enjoyment of fish and other luxuries of the wealthy table, which produce a pleasant pleasant life, but sober sober reasoning, searching out the motives for all choice and avoidance, and banishing mere mere opinions, opinions, to which are due the greatest disturbance of the spirit.

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

Misfortune Misfortune seldom seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.

When, therefore, we maintain that pleasure pleasure is the end, we do not mean mean the pleasures pleasures of profligates and those that consist in sensuality, as is supposed by some who are either ignorant or disagree with us or do not understand, but freedom from pain in the body and from trouble in the mind. For it is not continuous drinkings and revelings, nor the satisfaction of lusts, nor the enjoyment of fish and other luxuries of the wealthy table, which produce a pleasant pleasant life, but sober sober reasoning, searching out the motives for all choice and avoidance, and banishing mere mere opinions, opinions, to which are due the greatest disturbance of the spirit.

It is not the pretended pretended but the real pursuit of philosophy that is needed for we do not need the appearance appearance of good health but to enjoy it in truth.

Misfortune Misfortune seldom seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.

The purpose of all knowledge, metaphysical metaphysical as well as scientific, is to achieve what Epicurus called ataraxia, freedom from irrational irrational fears and anxieties of all sorts sorts in brief, brief, peace of mind.

Death is nothing to us, because a body that has been dispersed dispersed into elements experiences no sensations, and the absence of sensation is nothing to us.

The conquest conquest of fear, especially especially fear of unaccountable divine divine beings who meddle meddle in nature at will, means means a reduction reduction in the sum total of human pain and suffering and opens the door to the calm acceptance of a new picture of the world a world in which nature is autonomous autonomous and where there are ideal beings who never meddle. meddle.

Epicurus as a moral empiricist felt that our immediate immediate feelings are far more cogent cogent and authoritative guides to the good life than abstract abstract maxims, maxims, verbal indoctrination, or even the voice of reason itself. Hence he based his ethics on nature, not on convention convention or on reason.

Vain Vain is the word of that philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man.

If a person fights the clear evidence evidence of his senses he will never be able able to share in genuine genuine tranquillity." In other words, a person who doubts his senses will either lose contact with the reality of the surrounding world, like the Skeptics, Skeptics, and become psychologically isolated isolated and insecure, or he will fall prey, as do the religionists, to theological explanations which do not allay allay anxiety but foment foment it.

The opinions opinions held by most people about the gods are not true conceptions conceptions of them but fallacious fallacious notions, notions, according according to which awful awful penalties are meted meted out to the evil evil and the greatest of blessings to the good.

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