Epicurus Quotes (76 quotes)
“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.”
From the esplanade wall at Oenoanda, now in Turkey, as recorded by Diogenes of Oenoanda
The Essential Epicurus : Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican sayings, and fragments (1993) edited by Eugene Michael O'Connor, p. 99
“Of all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.”
“Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.”
from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
“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.”
The philosophy of Epicurus: letters, doctrines, and parallel passages from Lucretius (1963 edition)
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Bio: Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus's 300 written works remain. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators.
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