Epicurus (341–270 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher who founded the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear, and aponia—the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends.Only a few fragments and letters of Epicurus's 300 written works remain. 

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

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

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

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

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

The greater the difficulty the more the glory in surmounting it.

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

Not what we have But what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.

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

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

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

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