The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.

Epicurus

Epicurus

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.

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

When we exist, death is not present, and when death is present, we do not exist.

One who understands the limits of the good life knows that what eliminates the pains brought on by need and what makes the whole of life perfect is easily obtained, so that there is no need for enterprises that entail the struggle for success.

The impassive soul disturbs neither itself nor others.

We must laugh and philosophize and manage our households and look after our other affairs all at the same time, and never stop proclaiming the words of the true philosophy.

Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist.

So long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist.

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.

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.

Death is nothing to us, because a body that has been dispersed into elements experiences no sensations, and the absence of sensation is nothing to us.

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.

Death is nothing to us since when we are death has not come and when death has come we are not.

To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf.