The Forty Principle Precepts of #Epicurus

(Memorization of these precepts was required for admittance into the school of Epicurus) 1. A blessed and eternal being neither troubles another being nor causes trouble for another being. Because of this, a blessed and eternal being feels neither anger nor favor because either of these implies weakness. 2. Death is nothing to us because … More The Forty Principle Precepts of #Epicurus

Epicurus, from Kuriai Doxai– “Principle Beliefs”

1. A blessed and eternal being neither troubles another being nor causes trouble for another being. Due to this, a blessed and eternal being feels neither anger nor favor because either of these implies weakness. 2. Death is nothing to us because the body, when it has returned to the elements, has no feeling, and … More Epicurus, from Kuriai Doxai– “Principle Beliefs”

Epictetus: Are you an interpreter or a philosopher?

49. Anytime someone is showing off because he understands Chrysippus,* say to yourself: “If Chrysippus hadn’t written such difficult stuff this guy would have nothing to say.” Seriously, what do you want? You want to understand nature and to follow her. So I ask—who interprets nature? Well: I hear that Chrysippus does. But I just … More Epictetus: Are you an interpreter or a philosopher?