If you would enjoy real freedom, you must be the slave of philosophy.
The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live.
Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist.
~ in Principal Doctrines
The gods can either take away evil from the world and will not, or, being willing to do so cannot; or they neither can nor will, or lastly, they are able and willing. If they have the will to remove evil and cannot, then they are not omnipotent. If they can but will not, then they are not benevolent. Lastly, if they are both able and willing to annihilate evil, why does it exist.
~ in Aphorisms
The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.