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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And vahican will persuade nature by fulfilling the necessary desires, and the natural desires too if they cause no harm, but sharply rejecting the harmful desires. At one and the same time we must philosophize, laugh, and manage our household and other business, while never ceasing to proclaim the words of true philosophy.

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Friendship dances around the world announcing to all of us that we must wake up to blessedness. The man who says that all things come to pass by necessity cannot criticize one who denies that all things come to pass by necessity: We value our characters as our own personal possessions, whether they are good and envied by men or not. That animal role for reason and instinct gets lost when Epicurus states that individual sensation cannot set itself in motion “but must be stirred by something external.

The first step towards salvation is to attend to one’s youth and guard against that which defiles everything through maddening desires. Employing frankness in my study of natural philosophy, I would prefer to proclaim in oracular fashion what is beneficial to men, even if no one is going to understand, rather than to assent to [common] opinions and so enjoy the constant praise which comes from the many.


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PD 35 It is impossible for a man who secretly violates the terms of the agreement not to harm or be harmed to feel confident that he will remain undiscovered, even if he has already escaped ten thousand times; for until his death he is never sure that he will not be detected.

The text provided here generally follows that of Hermann Usener as published in his Epicureawith some attention epicuris to the texts of G. But if they do not have cause and are angry without reason, it is ridiculous to make an appeal to one who is irrationally opposed to hearing such an appeal, and thus not try to convince him by other means in a spirit of good will. The same time produces both the beginning of the greatest good and the dissolution of the evil.

There he founded The Garden, a school named for the garden he epicuruw about halfway between the Stoa and the Academy that served as the school’s meeting place. The translation by Peter St.

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Nature must be persuaded, not forced. The interesting thing is that Epicurus has relatively little extant work. I rejoice with you, for you are the kind of person I would praise if sayingw were to grow old as you are, and who knows the difference between seeking wisdom for yourself and for the sake of Greece. These two fragments appear in the manuscript as one imperfect sentence. Science Logic and Mathematics.

The “Vatican Collection” of the Sayings of Epicurus – Epicurean Database

Let us utterly drive from us our bad habits as if they were evil men who have long done us great harm. I was very nicely surprised by his doctrine of pleasure, that seems to be mistaken for hedonism quite a lot vatixan times.


While we are on the road, we must try to make what is before us better than what szyings past; when we come to the road’s end, we feel a smooth contentment. You must understand that whether the discourse be long or short it tends to the same end. For according to him this is itself a necessitated event.

Provided that you do not break the laws or good customs and do not distress any of your epicuris or do harm to your body or squander your pittance, you may indulge your inclination as you please. Should such a life happen to fall upon great wealth, this too it can share as to gain the good will of those about.

Translating this phrase as “an elegance in simplicity” ties it to other statements Epicurus makes about both living beautifully e. He is no friend who is continually asking for vatica, nor he who never associates help with friendship.

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PD 12 It is impossible for someone to dispel his fears about the most important matters if he doesn’t know the nature of the universe but still gives some credence to myths. I rejoice with you. Question each of your desires: Lists with This Book. A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs, yet it possesses all things in unfailing abundance; and if by chance it obtains many possessions, it is easy to distribute them so as to win the gratitude of neighbors.

Alessandra rated it really liked it Sep 14, So without the study of Nature there is no enjoyment of pure pleasure.