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Not what we have,
by Epicurus

Not what we have,
but what we enjoy,
constitutes our abundance.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Values Gratitude

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus PHOTO

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

 

Skillful pilots gain their reputation
from storms and tempest.
- Epicurus

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us,
as the confidence of their help.
- Epicurus

What we enjoy constitutes our abundance.
- Epicurus

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Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy,
much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
- Epicurus

If God listened to the prayers of men,
all men would quickly have perished:
for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
- Epicurus

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that
which he has the power to obtain by himself.
- Epicurus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy,
much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
- Epicurus

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
- Epicurus

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living
wisely and well and justly.
And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly
without living a pleasant life.
- Epicurus

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
- Epicurus

I never desired to please the rabble.
What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew
was far removed from their understanding.
- Epicurus

I have never wished to cater to the crowd;
for what I know they do not approve,
and what they approve I do not know.
- Epicurus

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself
is when you are forced to be in a crowd.
- Epicurus

It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet,
than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
- Epicurus

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
- Epicurus

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
remember that what you now have was once among the
things you only hoped for.
- Epicurus

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the
confidence of their help in need.
- Epicurus

Justice...
is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed.
- Epicurus

A free life cannot acquire many possessions,
because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
- Epicurus

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract;
it is merely a compact between men.
- Epicurus

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist,
death is not here.
And when it does come, we no longer exist.
- Epicurus

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday.
You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
- Epicurus

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man;
his greatest and highest interests are directed by
reason throughout the course of life.
- Epicurus

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson


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