Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Accustom yourself to believe that death is nothing to us, for good and evil imply awareness, and death is the privation of all awareness; therefore a right understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable, not by adding to life an unlimited time, but by taking away the yearning after immortality. For life has no terror; for those who thoroughly apprehend that there are no terrors for them in ceasing to live.
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.
Where I am death is not, where death is I am not.
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Neither one should hesitate about dedicating oneself to philosophy when young, nor should get tired of doing it when one’s old, because no one is ever too young or too old to reach one’s soul’s healthy.
Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man. For just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not expel the diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy either, if it does not expel the suffering of the mind.
Let no young man delay the study of philosophy, and let no old man become weary of it; for it is never too early nor too late to care for the well-being of the soul.
If you would enjoy real freedom, you must be the slave of Philosophy.
Launch your boat, blessed youth, and flee at full speed from every form of culture.
He who says either that the time for philosophy has not yet come or that it has passed is like someone who says that the time for happiness has not yet come or that it has passed.
Death is nothing to us: for that which is dissolved is without sensation; and that which lacks sensation is nothing to us.
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.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.