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.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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If you shape your life according to nature, you will never be poor; if according to people's opinions, you will never be rich.

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

Live in obscurity.

A free man cannot acquire many possessions, because this is no easy feat without becoming a hireling of mobs or dynasts. And yet he has a constant abundance of everything, and if he should chance to gain many possessions, he could easily portion them out so as to win his neighbors' good will.

In a philosophical dispute he gains most who is defeated since he learns most.

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.

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

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

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

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.

The man who says that all events are necessitated has no ground for critizing the man who says that not all events are necessitated. For according to him this is itself a necessitated event.

The greatest fruit of self-sufficiency is freedom.

How unhappy are the lives of men! How purblind their hearts!