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Top 52 Epicurus Quotes About Life (HAPPINESS)

Top 10 Most Famous Epicurus Quotes (BEST)

“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?”

Epicurus
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.
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.
The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied.
The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied.
He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing.
He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing.
He who has peace of mind disturbs neither himself nor another.
He who has peace of mind disturbs neither himself nor another.
Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
Happiness is man's greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.
Happiness is man’s greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
To be rich is not the end, but only a change, of worries.
To be rich is not the end, but only a change, of worries.

3 Thought-provoking Epicurus Quotes on Death

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.
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.
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.

6 WiseEpicurus Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

“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
Being happy is knowing how to be content with little.
Being happy is knowing how to be content with little.
Live your life without attracting attention.
Live your life without attracting attention.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
Do everything like someone is gazing at you.
Do everything like someone is gazing at you.
If you would enjoy real freedom, you must be the slave of Philosophy.
If you would enjoy real freedom, you must be the slave of Philosophy.

5 Epicurus Quotes About Life and Happiness

“We have been born once and there can be no second birth. Fir all eternity we shall no longer be. But you, although you are not master of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness.”

Epicurus
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
He who doesn't find a little enough will find nothing enough.
He who doesn’t find a little enough will find nothing enough.
Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little.
Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little.
In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.
In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.

5 Epicurus Quotes on Friendships

Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help.
All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help.
The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship.
The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf.
To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf.

10 Epicurus Quotes on Wealth and Riches

“The pleasant life is not produced by continual drinking and dancing, nor sexual intercourse, nor rare dishes of sea food and other delicacies of a luxurious table. On the contrary, it is produced by sober reasoning which examines the motives for every choice and avoidance, driving away beliefs which are the source of mental disturbances.”

Epicurus
He who needs riches least, enjoys riches most.
He who needs riches least, enjoys riches most.
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
Fortune seldom troubles the wise man.
Fortune seldom troubles the wise man.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
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 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.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.

5 Epicurus Quotes that Will Make You Ponder

“Men, believing in myths, will always fear something terrible, everlasting punishment as certain or probable… Men base all these fears not on mature opinions, but on irrational fancies, that they are more disturbed by fear of the unknown than by facing facts. Peace of mind lies in being delivered from all these fears.”

Epicurus
What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?
What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?
The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.
The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.

2 Epicurus Quotes on Being Yourself

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

4 Epicurus Quotes on Pleasure

Luxurious food and drinks, in no way protect you from harm. Wealth beyond what is natural, is no more use than an overflowing container. Real value is not generated by theaters, and baths, perfumes or ointments, but by philosophy.”

Epicurus
Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.
Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.
Pleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul.
Pleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul.
The summit of pleasure is the elimination of all that gives pain.
The summit of pleasure is the elimination of all that gives pain.

2 Epicurus Quotes About Justice

Justice… is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
Justice… is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.

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