He Who is Not Satisfied With Little is Satisfied With Nothing

hewhoisnot0asatisifiedwithlittle0aissatisifiedwithnothing0a0a28house29-defaultEpicurus (341-270 BCE) was the founder of the Epicurean school of philosophy. He taught disciples in his school, the Garden. A wise man who was greatly admired by his students, Epicurus has many memorable quotes recorded in his Letters and Principal Doctrines. Despite searching tirelessly, I could not find the source of the following quote:

“He who is not satisfied with little is satisfied with nothing.”

Epicureanism is vilified as a hedonistic philosophy, but it could not be farther from the truth! Quite the reverse, actually. In this quote, Epicurus reinforces his idea of a life lived in asceticism and subsistence. Our natural desires, he urged, should be the only desires worth fulfilling. If you cannot satisfy your most necessary desires, you cannot be happy.

I will be doing a blog post on Epicureanism and its polar opposite, Stoicism, soon!

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