Vain is the word of that philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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

It is not the pretended but the real pursuit of philosophy that is needed for we do not need the appearance of good health but to enjoy it in truth.

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.

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

We need to set our affections on one good man and keep him constantly before our eyes, so that we may live as if he were watching us and do everything as if he saw what we were doing.

The conquest of fear, especially fear of unaccountable divine beings who meddle in nature at will, means a reduction in the sum total of human pain and suffering and opens the door to the calm acceptance of a new picture of the world—a world in which nature is autonomous and where there are ideal beings who never meddle.

Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.

Contented poverty is an honorable estate.

The impassive soul disturbs neither itself nor others.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.

Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little.

If you wish to make Pythocles rich, do not add to his store of money, but subtract from his desires.

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.

I was not, I was, I am not, I care not.