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Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded Epicureanism, a highly influential school of philosophy. He was born on the Greek island of Samos to Athenian parents. Influenced by Democritus, Aristippus, Pyrrho, and possibly the Cynics, he turned against the Platonism of his day and established his own school, known as "the Garden", in Athens. Epicurus and his followers were known for eating simple meals and discussing a wide range of philosophical subjects. He openly allowed women and slaves to join the school as a matter of policy. Epicurus is said to have originally written over 300 works on various subjects, but the vast majority of these writings have been lost. Only three letters written by him—the letters to Menoeceus, Pythocles, and Herodotus—and two collections of quotes—the Principal Doctrines and the Vatican Sayings—have survived intact, along with a few fragments of his other writings. Most knowledge of his teachings comes from later authors, particularly the biographer Diogenes Laërtius, the Epicurean Roman poet Lucretius and the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, and with hostile but largely accurate accounts by the Pyrrhonist philosopher Sextus Empiricus, and the Academic Skeptic and statesman Cicero.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
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.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
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 greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
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.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
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