Epicurus, Greek Philosopher ( - )

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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.~Epicurus

Life Impossible Living

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.~Epicurus

Art Living Dying

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.~Epicurus

Happy Man Away

Both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom: the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.~Epicurus

Time Wisdom Age

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

Hope Remember You

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

Power Man Gods

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

Death Long Here

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

Enjoy Abundance Our

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.~Epicurus

Man Nothing Enough

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.~Epicurus

Friendship Wisdom Happy

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

Know Never Crowd

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.~Epicurus

Confidence Friends Help

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

Life Wise Greatest

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

Learn Understanding Far

We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.~Epicurus

Happiness Present Exercise

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.~Epicurus

Death Men Security

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

Time Yourself You

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.~Epicurus

Friendship Confidence Help

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.~Epicurus

Fear Free Rich

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.~Epicurus

Justice Men Abstract

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.~Epicurus

Life Free Easy

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.~Epicurus

Wise Fool Better

If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.~Epicurus

God Men Evil

Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.~Epicurus

Justice Kind Harm

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.~Epicurus

Wisdom Age Health