Epicurus (7)

A collection of content on Epic Swerve related to the philosopher Epicurus, the founder of Epicureanism. A short biography, quotations and more.

Epicurus the Philosopher

Epicurus was a philosopher who lived in ancient Greece over 2000 years ago (circa 300BCE). His ideas about how to live a good life were based on his understanding of the universe, and the whole system came to be known as Epicureanism (and those who…

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Letter to Menoceus

This is a letter from Epicurus himself, preserved in Lives and Opinions of Famous Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius. In it Epicurus lays out a summary of ancient epicurean beliefs. This translation by R. D. Hicks is in the public domain.

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There can be no second birth

We have been born once and there can be no second birth. For all eternity we shall no longer be. But you, although you are not master of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness. – Epicurus

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We do not mean the pleasure of debauchery

“When we say that pleasure is the goal, we do not mean the pleasure of debauchery or sensuality, despite whatever the ignorant, disagreeable, or malignant people believe. By pleasure, we mean this: freedom from pain in the body and freedom from turmoil in the soul.” – Epicurus

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