“I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.”
The essential Epicurus: letters, principal doctrines, Vatican sayings, and fragments (1993 edition)
“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.”
Letters, principal doctrines, and Vatican sayings by Epicurus (Bobbs-Merrill, 1964), p. 68
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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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