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Epicurus
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Justice has no independent existence; it results from mutual contracts, and establishes itself wherever there is a mutual engagement to guard against doing or sustaining mutual injury. Epicurus
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There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. Epicurus
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We begin every act of choice and avoidance from pleasure, and it is to pleasure that we return using our experience of pleasure as the criterion of every good thing. Epicurus
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Moreover, the universe as a whole is infinite, for whatever is limited has an outermost edge to limit it, and such an edge is defined by something beyond. Since the universe has no edge, it has no limit; and since it lacks a limit, it is infinite and unbounded. Moreover, the universe is infinite both in the number of its atoms and in the extent of its void. Epicurus
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Those animals which are incapable of making binding agreements with one another not to inflict nor suffer harm are without either justice or injustice; and likewise for those peoples who either could not or would not form binding agreements not to inflict nor suffer harm. Epicurus
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There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men in their various relations with each other, in whatever circumstances they may be, that they will neither injure nor be injured. Epicurus
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When we exist, death is not yet present, and when death is present, then we do not exist. Epicurus
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Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little Epicurus
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The wise man who has become accustomed to necessities knows better how to share with others than how to take from them, so great a treasure of self-sufficiency has he found. Epicurus
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Launch your boat, blessed youth, and flee at full speed from every form of culture. Epicurus
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Justice is never anything in itself, but in the dealings of men with one another in any place whatever and at any time. It is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed. Epicurus
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Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. Epicurus
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It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. Epicurus
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The wise man thinks of fame just enough to avoid being despised. Epicurus
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To be rich is not the end, but only a change, of worries. Epicurus
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As if they were our own handiwork, we place a high value on our characters. Epicurus
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Men, believing in myths, will always fear something terrible, everlasting punishment as certain or probable . . . Men base all these fears not on mature opinions, but on irrational fancies, that they are more disturbed by fear of the unknown than by facing facts. Peace of mind lies in being delivered from all these fears. Epicurus
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Do everything like someone is gazing at you. Epicurus
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If death causes you no pain when you're dead, it is foolish to allow the fear of it to cause you pain now. Epicurus
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There is nothing terrible in life for the man who realizes there is nothing terrible in death. Epicurus
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I was not, I was, I am not, I care not. (Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo) Epicurus
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I was not; I have been; I am not; I do not mind. Epicurus
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He who needs riches least, enjoys riches most. Epicurus
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No pleasure is evil in itself; but the means by which certain pleasures are gained bring pains many times greater than the pleasures. Epicurus
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Accustom yourself to believe that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply awareness, and death is the privation of all awareness; therefore a right understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life an unlimited time, but by taking away the yearning after immortality. For life has no terror; for those who thoroughly apprehend that there are no terrors for them in ceasing to live. Epicurus
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In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most. Epicurus
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Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world? Epicurus
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A man who causes fear cannot be free from fear. Epicurus
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As if they were our own handiwork we place a high value on our characters. Epicurus
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We must consider both the ultimate end and all clear sensory evidence, to which we refer our opinions; for otherwise everything will be full of uncertainty and confusion. Epicurus
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If you wish to make Pythocles rich, do not add to his store of money, but subtract from his desires. Epicurus
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The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it. Epicurus
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Neither one should hesitate about dedicating oneself to philosophy when young, nor should get tired of doing it when one's old, because no one is ever too young or too old to reach one's soul's healthy. Epicurus
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The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance. Epicurus
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If the things that produce the pleasures of the dissolute were able to drive away from their minds their fears about what is above them and about death and pain, and to teach them the limit of desires, we would have no reason to find fault with the dissolute. Epicurus
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No pleasure is evil in itself; but the means by which certain pleasures are gained bring pains many times greater than the pleasures. Epicurus
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Earthquakes may be brought about because wind is caught up in the earth, so the earth is dislocated in small masses and is continually shaken, and that causes it to sway. Epicurus
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Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Epicurus
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Pleasure is our first and kindred good. It is the starting point of every choice and of every aversion, and to it we always come back, inasmuch as we make feeling the rule by which to judge of every good thing. Epicurus
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A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful and more honorable to give than to receive. Epicurus
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It is not the young man who should be considered fortunate but the old man who has lived well, because the young man in his prime wanders much by chance, vacillating in his beliefs, while the old man has docked in the harbor, having safeguarded his true happiness. Epicurus
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Tranquil pleasure constitutes human beings' supreme good Epicurus
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My garden does not whet the appetite; it satisfies it. It does not provoke thirst through heedless indulgence, but slakes it by proffering its natural remedy. Amid such pleasures as these have I grown old. Epicurus
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Fortune seldom troubles the wise man. Reason has controlled his greatest and most important affairs, controls them throughout his life, and will continue to control them. Epicurus
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So death, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us, since so long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more. Epicurus
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He who understands the limits of life knows that it is easy to obtain that which removes the pain of want and makes the whole of life complete and perfect. Thus he has no longer any need of things which involve struggle. Epicurus
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Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. Epicurus
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Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not? Epicurus
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The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship. Epicurus
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To eat and drink without a friend is to devour like the lion and the wolf. Epicurus
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It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. Epicurus
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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
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He who says either that the time for philosophy has not yet come or that it has passed is like someone who says that the time for happiness has not yet come or that it has passed. Epicurus
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Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life. Epicurus
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Pleasure is the first good. It is the beginning of every choice and every aversion. It is the absence of pain in the body and of troubles in the soul. Epicurus
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The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down with adversity, is generally abject and base. Epicurus
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The term "incorporeal" is properly applied only to the void, which cannot act or be acted on. Since the soul can act and be acted upon, it is corporeal. Epicurus
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Death is nothing to us: for after our bodies have been dissolved by death they are without sensation, and that which lacks sensation is nothing to us. And therefore a right understanding of death makes mortality enjoyable, not because it adds to an infinite span of time, but because it takes away the craving for immortality. Epicurus
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There is no such thing as justice or injustice among those beasts that cannot make agreements not to injure or be injured. This is also true of those tribes that are unable or unwilling to make agreements not to injure or be injured. Epicurus
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Death is meaningless to the living because they are living, and meaningless to the dead... because they are dead. Epicurus
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Any device whatever by which one frees himself from the fear of others is a natural good. Epicurus
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A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful to give than to receive. Epicurus
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The flesh believes that pleasure is limitless and that it requires unlimited time; but the mind, understanding the end and limit of the flesh and ridding itself of fears of the future, secures a complete life and has no longer any need for unlimited time. Epicurus
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Death, the most dreaded of all 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. Epicurus
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Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. Epicurus
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What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not? Epicurus
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Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure. Epicurus
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The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live. Epicurus
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All friendship is desirable in itself, though it starts from the need of help Epicurus
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Of all the gifts that wise Providence grants us to make life full and happy, friendship is the most beautiful. Epicurus
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