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|Quotations by Epicurus|
|Is God willing to prevent evil - Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?|
The wealth required by nature - The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
The means to insure happiness - Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
Develop courage by surviving and challenging - You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Cater to the crowd - I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.
To pray for what you can attain yourself - It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
Death is of no concern to us - Accustom yourself to the belief that death is of no concern to us, since all good and evil lie in sensation and sensation ends with death. Therefore the true belief that death is nothing to us makes a mortal life happy, not by adding to it an infinite time, but by taking away the desire for immortality. For there is no reason why the man who is thoroughly assured that there is nothing to fear in death should find anything to fear in life.
So, too, he is foolish who says that he fears death, not because it will be painful when it comes, but because the anticipation of it is painful; for that which is no burden when it is present gives pain to no purpose when it is anticipated. Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.
Do not spoil what you have - 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.
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