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Epicurus Quotes – Part I

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data: 13/08/2013

Epicurus of Samos, greek philosopher (341-270 A.C.)

Happiness, Wealth

Wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but wealth required by vain ideals extends infinitely.

We are not very good at knowing what would make us happy and what we want is not always what we need.

The essential for our happiness is found in our inner state of being, of which we are the lords. 

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Out of fear of having to settle with little, most men are led to acts that only strengthen this fear.

Most people who become wealthy have not found a remedy for their evils, but have only exchanged them for worse ones.

Happy people remember the past with gratitude, rejoice in the present and face the future without fear.

When we hold onto our own sense of serenity, we help others to keep theirs.

For most men rest is stagnation and activity madness.

If what you desire is true freedom, you must make yourself a servant of philosophy.

There is only one road to happiness. To not care about things that override our own willpower.

Necessity is an evil; but there is no necessity for continuing to live with necessity.

Want to be rich?  Then don’t worry so much about increasing your wealth, but to decrease your greed.

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

He who needs riches least, enjoys riches most.

We do not so much need the help of friends as we do the certainty of their help.

A faculdade de fazer amigos é de longe a mais eminente entre todas aquelas que contribuem para a sabedoria da felicidade.

A school of making friends is by far the most imminent among all of those that contribute to the wisdom of happiness.

If we cannot see one another, converse, or be in the company of one another, the feeling of love evaporates in a short time.

The greatest fruit of justice is peace of mind.

He who does not consider what he has as the greatest wealth of all, shall forever be unhappy, even if he comes to own the entire world.

Avid for distant things, we must not disvalue our belongings close at hand, remembering that the latter was once anxiously sought after.

Ataraxia: being where the soul, by virtue of balance and moderation in the choice for sensitive and spiritual pleasures, achieves the supreme ideal happiness: UNBOTHERED!

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