Top 25 Epicurus Images Quotes and Sayings of The Messenger of Pleasure
Epicurus, 341 BCE – Athens, 270 BCE was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. He wanted humans to be free of fear, live bravely and kindly, and help themselves, as well as others, to feel true Happiness
“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.”
“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?”
“Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death does not come, and, when death comes, we are not.” ― Epicurus
“He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing .” ― Epicurus
“Of all the means to ensure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.” ― Epicurus, A Guide To Happiness
“The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure, but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.” ― 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
“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” ― Epicurus
“Why should I fear death? If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Longtime men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man.”
“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.” ― Epicurus
“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” ― 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
“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” ― Epicurus
“Never say that I have taken it, only that I have given it back.” ― Epicurus
“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” ― 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
“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.”
“The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.” ― Epicurus
“To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf.” ― Epicurus
“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.”
“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.”
“The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot; or they neither can nor will or lastly, they are able and willing.
If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can but will not, then they are not benevolent. If they are neither able nor willing, they are neither omnipotent nor benevolent.
Lastly, if they are both able and willing to annihilate evil, why does it exist?”
“All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help” ― Epicurus
“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” ― Epicurus
“He who least needs tomorrow will most gladly greet tomorrow.” ― Epicurus
“Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.” ― Epicurus
“When, therefore, we maintain that pleasure is the end, we do not mean the 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 life, but sober reasoning, searching out the motives for all choice and avoidance, and banishing mere opinions, to which are due the greatest disturbance of the spirit.” ― Epicurus
“If you wish to make Pythocles rich, do not add to his store of money, but subtract from his desires.” ― Epicurus
“Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.” ― Epicurus
“The time when you should most of all withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.” ― Epicurus
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.” ― Epicurus
“The conquest of fear, especially fear of unaccountable divine beings who meddle in nature at will, means a 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 and where there are ideal beings who never meddle.”
― Epicurus, The Art of Happiness