We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Epicurus


(341 – 270 BC) An ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. Much of what is known about Epicurean philosophy derives from later followers and commentators.

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
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.
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.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
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.
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.
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