A few quotations from works on Epicurus

The laws are laid down for the sake of the wise, not to prevent them from doing “wrong , but to keep them from being wronged” (The Essential Epicurus”, by Eugene O’Connor, Great Books in Philosophy series).

Happiness and blessedness do not belong to abundance of riches or exalted position or offices or power, but to freedom from pain and gentleness of feeling and a state of mind that sets limits that are in accordance with nature. (The Essential Epicurus”, by Eugene O’Connor, Great Books in Philosophy series). Used 11/18/19

“Live your life without attracting attention”.

The laws are laid down for the sake of the wise, not to prevent them from doing wrong , but to keep them from being wronged. (The Essential Epicurus”, by Eugene O’Connor, Great Books in Philosophy series).

“In constant motion,atoms collide with each other, and, in certain circumstances, they form larger and larger bodies….the sun and the moon are made of atoms, as are human beings, water, flies and grains of sand.There are no super- categories of matter, no hierarchy of elements. Heavenly bodies are not divine beings who shape our destiny for good or ill. ……they are part of the natural order….subject to the same principle of creation and destruction, they govern everything that exists”. (The Swerve, page 63).

“Great abundance is heaped up as a result of brutalizing labor, but a miserable life is the result”. (The Essential Epicurus”, by Eugene O’Connor, Great Books in Philosophy series).

“He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing”. (Vatican sayings, 68)

What the Greek philosopher offered was not help in dying, but help in living. Liberated from superstition, you are free to pursue pleasure. (The Essential Epicurus”, by Eugene O’Connor, Great Books in Philosophy series)

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