"Why," said La Fontaine, "does not our master Epicurus descend into the garden?
"Bah!" said La Fontaine, "is it not written that Epicurus purchased a large garden and lived in it tranquilly with his friends?"
It is a poor saying of Epicurus
, Satis magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus; as if man, made for the contemplation of heaven, and all noble objects, should do nothing but kneel before a little idol, and make himself a subject, though not of the mouth (as beasts are), yet of the eye; which was given him for higher purposes.
"What do I think of whom?" said the devil, in astonishment, "you cannot surely mean to find any fault with Epicurus
! What do I think of Epicurus
This great philosopher freely acknowledged his own mistakes in natural philosophy, because he proceeded in many things upon conjecture, as all men must do; and he found that Gassendi, who had made the doctrine of Epicurus
as palatable as he could, and the vortices of Descartes, were equally to be exploded.
You would not be so frightened if I had spoken of happiness instead of pleasure: it sounds less shocking, and your mind wanders from the sty of Epicurus
to his garden.
do not deceive yourselves, my dear brothers in Epicurus
," said the superintendent; "I do not wish to make a comparison between the most humble sinner on the earth, and the God we adore, but remember, he gave one day to his friends a repast which is called the Last Supper, and which was nothing but a farewell dinner, like that which we are making at this moment."
Hammerdown will sell by the orders of Diogenes' assignees, or will be instructed by the executors, to offer to public competition, the library, furniture, plate, wardrobe, and choice cellar of wines of Epicurus
An opponent of Epicurus
, an abstemious philosopher who, holding that pleasure should be the chief aim of man, wasted no time in gratification from the senses.
Plato, Zeno, Epicurus
, Pythagoras--all founders of clubs.'
Nichols, Epicurus, Stereotomy, the street stones, the fruiterer."
I knew that you could not say to yourself'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.