Epicurus (/ˌɛpɪˈkjʊərəs/ or /ˌɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs/; Greek: Ἐπίκουρος, Epíkouros, "ally, comrade"; 341–270 BC) 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. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear—and aponia—the absence of pain—and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods neither reward nor punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and inte... More
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract it is merely a compact between men.
Epicurus #Courage #Relationship
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
Epicurus #Friendship #Wisdom
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
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.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Epicurus #God #Men
If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.