Epicurus Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

BBC World Service - The Forum, In search of the good life ...

Another Greek philosopher who was the founder of epicureanism. Epicurus was known for his work in “moving” and “static” pleasures om atomic swerve. More than physics into ethical philosophy; he has written over 300 pieces of written content. Born 270BC, according to wikipedia.com, he was also known as a sage (someone who has attained wisdom).

  • “Death is nothing to us”
  • “Each of us left with the feeling that life has just been born”
  • “Sometimes the fear of death that drives men to death”
  • “We must meditate on what brings happiness, since when it has, it has everything, and when he misses, we do everything to have it”
  • “Being happy is knowing how to be content with little”
  • “About every desire, we must ask: what advantage does result if I do not meet these criteria?”
  • “All our actions are intended to remove from us the pain and fear”
  • “True wisdom, the real superiority does not win by fighting but by letting it happen for themselves. Plants that resist wind break, while the flexible plants survive the hurricane”
  • “My heart is full of fun when I have bread and water”
  • “Of the desires, some are natural and necessary, other natural and unnecessary, and others neither natural nor necessary, but the effect of opinions hollow”
  • “The man who is not content to just never be satisfied with nothing”
  • “It’s not the intervention of our friends who helps us but knowing we can always count on them”
  • “A friendship must be sought for itself, but it’s useful for the origin”
  • “Among the things which wisdom is ammunition for the happiness of all life, by far the most important is the possession of friendship”
  • “It is sweeter to give than to receive”

God, he says, either wishes to take away evils, and is unable; or He is able, and is unwilling; or He is neither willing nor able, or He is both willing and able. If He is willing and is unable, He is feeble, which is not in accordance with the character of God; if He is able and unwilling, He is envious, which is equally at variance with God; if He is neither willing nor able, He is both envious and feeble, and therefore not God; if He is both willing and able, which alone is suitable to God, from what source then are evils? Or why does He not remove them? – Explanation of the Epicurean paradox



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