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Wise Epicurus Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Epicurus.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Expectation Disappointment Envy Greed

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

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

Skillful pilots gain their reputation
from storms and tempest.
- Epicurus

 

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

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us,
as the confidence of their help.
- Epicurus

Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy,
much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
- Epicurus

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It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

What we enjoy constitutes our abundance.
- Epicurus

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that
which he has the power to obtain by himself.
- Epicurus

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living
wisely and well and justly.
And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly
without living a pleasant life.
- Epicurus

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
- Epicurus

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.
- Epicurus

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
- Epicurus

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man;
his greatest and highest interests are directed by
reason throughout the course of life.
- Epicurus

A free life cannot acquire many possessions,
because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
- Epicurus

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

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself
is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
- Epicurus

Justice...
is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
- Epicurus

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

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday.
You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
- Epicurus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy,
much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
- Epicurus

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist,
death is not here.
And when it does come, we no longer exist.
- Epicurus

If God listened to the prayers of men,
all men would quickly have perished:
for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
- Epicurus

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract;
it is merely a compact between men.
- Epicurus

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
- Epicurus

I never desired to please the rabble.
What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew
was far removed from their understanding.
- Epicurus

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.
- Epicurus

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches
as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Jonathan Swift

Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
- B. C. Forbes

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom;
and he that increaseth his riches,
increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure,
and trouble findeth it not.
- Akhenaton

All riches have their origin in mind.
Wealth is in ideas - not money.
- Robert Collier

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

The greatest good you can do for another is not just
to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The community which has neither poverty nor riches
will always have the noblest principles.
- Plato

America does not fight for land, glory or riches.
- Virginia Foxx

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing,
it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
- Jonathan Swift

As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him
the foolishness they concealed,
and which no one perceived before.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier.
- Christopher Columbus

Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with
the greatest charm or distinction.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
- Charles Lamb

The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people,
to whom he gives nothing else.
- Martin Luther

Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness,
riches, honours, and sensual gratifications,
are infinitely worse than none.
- David Brainerd

To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic,
but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind.
- Fanny Burney

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money,
it is not because they have a distaste for riches;
if their lives are not unduly long,
it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
- Sun Tzu

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;
his aim is so exalted that riches,
office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
- Samuel Johnson

My early and invincible love of reading I would not
exchange for all the riches of India.
- Edward Gibbon

A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not,
is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
- Richard Burton

Kosovo is a small country but it also has a lot of
riches that were granted to us by God.
- Ibrahim Rugova

With the greater part of rich people,
the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
- Adam Smith

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident,
and riches take wings.
Only one thing endures and that is character.
- Horace Greeley

Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good,
riches being another word for power.
- Mary Wortley

The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride.
- Martin Luther

Death and life have their determined appointments;
riches and honors depend upon heaven.
- Confucius

It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh,
it is fascinating!
I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment,
for all the riches in the world.
- Elizabeth Blackwell

Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station.
Respect goodness, find it where you may.
- William Cobbett

You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction.
You have so many computers, why don't you use them in the search for love?
- Lech Walesa

Today riches and honours have been lavished on me,
but one gift has been lacking, the most important one of all,
the only one that matters, the gift of youth.
- Knut Hamsun

Riches do not delight us so much with their possession,
as torment us with their loss.
- Dick Gregory

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them.
This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
- Muhammad Ali

Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
- John Locke

Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation,
but the only riches she can call her own.
- Samuel Johnson

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune,
but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
- Thomas Carlyle

Christ's riches are unsearchable, and this doctrine
of the gospel is the field this treasure is hidden in.
- Thomas Goodwin

Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
- Francis Bacon

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches,
it does not fight battles.
It is men, real, living, who do all this.
- Karl Marx


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