Lucretius was passionate, and much more in need of exhortations to prudence than Epicurus was. He committed suicide, and appears to have suffered from periodic insanity – brought on, so some averred, by the pains of love or the unintended effects of a love philtre.
One could say that what differentiates ancient from modern philosophy is the fact that, in ancient philosophy, it was not only Chrysippus or Epicurus who, just because they had developed a philosophical discourse, were considered philosophers. Rather, every person who lived according to the precepts of Chrysippus or Epicurus was every bit as much a philosopher as they.pierre hadot
Lucretius, who follows [Epicurus] in denouncing love, sees no harm in sexual intercourse provided it is divorced from passion.lucretius
Lucretius was passionate, and much more in need of exhortations to prudence than Epicurus was. He committed suicide, and appears to have suffered from periodic insanity – brought on, so some averred, by the pains of love or the unintended effects of a love philtre.lucretius
First Theory . There is no Providence at all for anything in the Universe; all parts of the Universe, the heavens and what they contain, owe their origin to accident and chance; there exists no being that rules and governs them or provides for them. This is the theory of Epicurus ...maimonides
Usury lives in the pores of production, as it were, just as the gods of Epicurus lived in the space between the worlds.karl marx
There has also arisen a further disputed extension, for which there has been found no published source prior to The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations: Cutting Comments on Burning Issues (1992) by Charles Bufe, p. 186: "Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Quotes about EpicurusSo the vital strength of his spirit won through, and he made his way far outside the flaming walls of the world and ranged over the measureless whole, both in mind and spirit.
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Lucretius, who follows [Epicurus] in denouncing love, sees no harm in sexual intercourse provided it is divorced from passion.Bertrand Russell, in A History of Western Philosophy (1945), Book I, Part III, Chapter XXVII, The Epicureans, p. 245
Epictetus and Epicurus give laws for governing ourselves, Jesus a supplement of the duties and charities we owe to others. The establishment of the innocent and genuine character of this benevolent moralist, and the rescuing it from the imputation of imposture, which has resulted from artificial systems, invented by ultra-Christian sects, unauthorized by a single word ever uttered by him, is a most desirable object, and one to which Priestley has successfully devoted his labors and learning.Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Short, (31 October 1819)
The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.Heroic Epistle, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises, ...Epicuri de grege porcum" (translated: "You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared for hide,—…a hog from Epicurus' herd"), Horace, Epistolæ, lib. i. iv. 15, 16.
The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.William Mason, Heroic Epistle.
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