The Vatican Sayings (Unabridged). This collection of maxims, titled “The Sayings of Epicurus” – or alternatively, “The Voice of Epicurus” – was rediscovered in. THE VATICAN COLLECTION OF EPICUREAN SAYINGS Introduction The as some of the Principal Doctrines, and some are not by Epicurus himself but rather . 2 quotes from Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, and Vatican Sayings: ‘The wise man who has become accustomed to necessities knows better how to sha.

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Everyone departs from life just as they were when newly born.

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One is born, one dies. The use of friends is not that varican are useful, but that we can trust in their usefulness.

Vatican Sayings Epicurus et al. Refresh and try again. Paperbackpages. When the wise man is brought face to face with the necessities of life, he knows how to give rather than receive — such a treasury of self-sufficiency has he found.

The ingratitude of sayinys soul makes a creature greedy for endless variation in its way of life. And we will persuade her by fulfilling the necessary desires, and the natural ones too if they do not harm [us], but sharply rejecting the harmful ones. Lists with This Book.

It is pointless to ask from the gods what one is fully able to supply for oneself. He who asserts that everything happens by necessity can hardly find fault with one who denies that everything happens by necessity; by his own theory this very argument is voiced by necessity.

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And if what is mutually advantageous varies and only for a time corresponds to our concept of justice, nevertheless for that time it is just for those who do not trouble themselves about empty words, but look simply at the facts.

The “Vatican Collection” of the Sayings of Epicurus

We do not need utility from our friends so much as we need confidence concerning that utility. For we do not need the semblance of health but true health. Antonia rated it eipcurus it Nov 11, One must not force nature but persuade her. And we will not give ourselves up as captives to thee or to any other circumstance; but when it is time for us to go, spitting contempt on life and on those who here vainly cling to it, we will leave life crying aloud in a glorious triumph-song that we have lived well.

Friendship dances around the world announcing to all of us that we must wake up to blessedness. The stomach is not insatiable, as most people say; instead the opinion that the stomach needs unlimited filling is false. Nothing is enough to someone for whom enough is little.

Epicurus in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy categorize this paper. The Greek text is in the public domain. It is not the young man who should be thought happy, but the old man who has lived a good life.

PD 1 A blessed and indestructible being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; so he is free from anger and partiality, for all such things imply weakness. Some men spend their whole life furnishing for themselves the things proper to life without realizing that at our birth each of us was poured a mortal brew to drink.


Frugality too has a limit, and the man who disregards it is like him who epicuruss through excess. Life is ruined by putting things off, and each of us dies without truly living.

Praise from others must come unasked, and we sayins concern ourselves with the healing of our own lives. Let nothing be done in your life which will cause you fear if it becomes known to your neighbor.

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Epicurus’s life when compared to that of other men with respect to gentleness and self-sufficiency might be thought a mere legend. PD 13 There is no advantage to obtaining protection from epicufus men so long as we are alarmed by events above or below the earth or in general by whatever happens in the boundless universe.

Anyway, Epicurus’ doctrine is the equivalent of a moderate ascetic life if you want; enjoy yourself only in necessity and refuse the superfluous.

All the following sayings are from Epicurus himself unless stated otherwise. That you be not constrained by one or more of epicirus conditions is impossible; for a man never gets any good from sexual passion, and he is fortunate if he does not receive harm.

The translation by Peter St.