Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.
Necessity is an evil; but there is no necessity for continuing to live subject to necessity.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
A blessed and indestructible being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; so he is free from anger and partiality, for all such things imply weakness.
The most important consequence of self-sufficiency is freedom.
Pleasure is our first and kindred good. It is the starting point of every choice and of every aversion, and to it we always come back, inasmuch as we make feeling the rule by which to judge of every good thing.
Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth .
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help.
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.
There are definite worlds both like and unlike this world of ours...We must believe that in all worlds, there are living creatures and plants and other things we see in this world.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
Plain fare gives as much pleasure as a costly diet, while bread and water confer the highest possible pleasure when they are brought to hungry lips.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.
Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily. Epicurus taught: Pleasure, defined as freedom from pain, is the highest good.
If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
Earthquakes may be brought about because wind is caught up in the earth, so the earth is dislocated in small masses and is continually shaken, and that causes it to sway.
We ought to be thankful to nature for having made those things which are necessary easy to be discovered; while other things that are difficult to be known are not necessary.
Many friends are the key to happiness.
Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.
Thanks be to blessed Nature that she has made what is necessary easy to obtain, and what is not easy unnecessary.
The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship.
If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
I was not, I was, I am not, I care not. (Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo).
He who understands the limits of life knows that it is easy to obtain that which removes the pain of want and makes the whole of life complete and perfect. Thus he has no longer any need of things which involve struggle.
I spit upon luxurious pleasures, not for their own sake, but because of the inconveniences that follow them.
A strict belief in fate is the worst of slavery, imposing upon our necks an everlasting lord and tyrant, whom we are to stand in awe of night and day.
The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
When someone admits one and rejects another which is equally in accordance with the appearances, it is clear that he has quitted all physical explanation and descended into myth.
As if they were our own handiwork we place a high value on our characters.
For a wrongdoer to be undetected is difficult; and for him to have confidence that his concealment will continue is impossible.
Most men are in a coma when they are at rest and mad when they act.
The greater the Difficulty the more Glory in surmounting it, and the loss of false Joys secures to us a much better Possession of real ones.
Injustice is not evil in itself, but only in the fear and apprehension that one will not escape those who have been set up to punish the offense.
We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.
There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men in their various relations with each other, in whatever circumstances they may be, that they will neither injure nor be injured.
I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
We recognize pleasure as the first good innate in us, and from pleasure we begin every act of choice and avoidance, and to pleasure we return again, using the feeling as the standard by which we judge every good.
The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain. When such pleasure is present, so long as it is uninterrupted, there is no pain either of body or of mind or of both together.
The greater difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
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.
There are infinite worlds both like and unlike this world of ours. For the atoms being infinite in number... are borne on far out into space.
Justice is never anything in itself, but in the dealings of men with one another in any place whatever and at any time. It is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
Men inflict injuries from hatred, jealousy or contempt, but the wise man masters all these passions by means of reason.
We must consider both the ultimate end and all clear sensory evidence, to which we refer our opinions; for otherwise everything will be full of uncertainty and confusion.
The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
Do everything like someone is gazing at you.
The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down with adversity, is generally abject and base.
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
If you wish to make Pythocles rich, do not add to his store of money, but subtract from his desires.
The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Haec ego non multis (scribo), sed tibi: satis enim magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus. I am writing this not to many, but to you: certainly we are a great enough audience for each other.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Why are you afraid of death? Where you are, death is not. Where death is, you are not. What is it that you fear.
Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.
Tranquil pleasure constitutes human beings' supreme good.
Pleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
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.
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
If death causes you no pain when you're dead, it is foolish to allow the fear of it to cause you pain now.
The fool's life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.
Death means 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.