Epicurean Philosophy Is...

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Epicurus
 (Greek: Ἐπίκουρος, Epikouros, "ally, comrade"; Samos, 341 BCE – Athens, 270 BCE; 72 years) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters remain of Epicurus's 300 written works. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators.

For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia, peace and freedom from fear, and aponia, the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

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

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 

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 

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 

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome. 
Epicurus 

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 

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

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 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 

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. 
Epicurus 

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. 
Epicurus 

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

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

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

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

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

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

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. 
Epicurus 
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koyptakh koyptakh
51-55, M
5 Responses Aug 6, 2010

me too..

Hi Chipperchick<br />
I like that: ORAY-AH MATI-YA!<br />
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I have been to Samos and there is cave there where Pythagoras lived! What an amazingly rich place hey! <br />
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Remember: what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.<br />
knus Linnie<br />
:)

Koyptakh, <br />
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I would love to read those beautiful words with ORAY-AH MATI-YA.. beautiful eyes.<br />
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My neighbor Thelma is teaching me some Greek, and she always tells me that my eyes are beautiful..she also sings songs in Greek to Hoover..I will post her picture so that you may see both of their <br />
Oray-ah mati-ya.<br />
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Yes, so modern, the years dissolve, but the truth remains the same.<br />
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Fairness and truth, and the Good, always to you, my friend.<br />
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Linnie with <br />
Knus to you ;)<br />
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x

Hi Chipperchick<br />
I am so pleased! There were Epicurean Communities in Ancient Greece and there is a place where his writings are carved in stone and you can still read them! I would like to learn to read Greek just to be able to do that! So modern! Makes the years dissolve! <br />
hugs Linnie<br />
:)

Koyptakh,<br />
<br />
Thank you yet again, for a most informative sharing..It made me happy.<br />
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I love Epicurus. Deliciously, so.<br />
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Chipperchick