22 Wise Epicurus Quotes That Will Enlighten You

Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, Epikouros

Epicurus was a Greek Philosopher largely known for his work on the philosophy of living a happy, and peaceful life. He believed to be fully fulfilled and satisfied in life, one must practice peace and freedom from fear, the absence of pain, and surrounding oneself with friends. He was a hedonist who believed all things pleasure were good, and all things painful were bad. Here are 22 of the wisest Epicurus quotes.


1) “The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.”

2) “Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”

3) “Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”

4) “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.”

5) 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.”

6) “He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing.”

7) “A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.”

8) “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.”

9) The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.”

10) 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. It is therefore nothing either to the living or to the dead since it is not present to the living, and the dead no longer are.”

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

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

13) “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.”

14) “Justice… is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.”

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

16) The noble man is chiefly concerned with wisdom and friendship; of these, the former is a mortal good, the latter an immortal one.”

17) “The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.”

18) It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”

19) “He who has peace of mind disturbs neither himself nor another.”

20) “We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.”

21) “Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little.”

22) “The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.”



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