Epicurus was a philosopher who lived in ancient Greece between 341 BC and 270 BC and is credited with establishing the branch of philosophy which is known as Epicureanism all over the world. Epicurus studied the subject of philosophy under the tutelage of Pamphilus, who was an expert on the Platonist school of philosophy and eventually he went to Athens in order to serve the military. After the completion of military service, Epicurus taught for some time before going on to establish a school of philosophy named The Garden. He completed a total of 300 works in the form of notes and letters, but not many of those have survived the course of time but his philosophical ideas have been immortalised in the annals of the subject of philosophy and he is rightly regarded as one of the stalwarts of the subject in the ancient world. Some of the best known examples of Epicureanism include the concepts of ‘moving pleasures’ and ‘static pleasures’; which are now studied extensively by students of philosophy all over the world. Needless to say, a philosopher like Epicurus who went on to establish his own school of philosophy also left behind a veritable collection of profound quotes and here are the most famous one that would certainly appeal to anyone.
The opinions held by most people about the gods are not true conceptions of them but fallacious notions, according to which awful penalties are meted out to the evil and the greatest of blessings to the good.
How unhappy are the lives of men! How purblind their hearts!
No es posible vivir feliz si no se lleva una vida bella,
justa y virtuosa, ni llevar una vida bella, justa
y virtuosa sin ser feliz.
We need to set our affections on one good man and keep him constantly before our eyes, so that we may live as if he were watching us and do everything as if he saw what we were doing.