Principal Doctrines

Epicurus of Samos, 270BC

Sovran Maxims

“No pleasure is a bad thing in itself”

  • Death is nothing to us; for that which has no sensation is nothing to us.
  • The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain.
  • It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.
  • No pleasure is a bad thing in itself, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail disturbances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.
  • If we had never been troubled by weather, death and pain, we should have had no need of natural science.
  • The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
  • Chance seldom interferes with the wise man; his greatest and highest interests have been, are, and will be, directed by reason throughout his whole life.
  • The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance.
  • If you fight against all your sensations, you will have no standard to which to refer
  • Of all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.

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