Quotations – from Epicurus

Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC) has words of wisdom for us today:

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.

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.

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

Aloha, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

5 responses to “Quotations – from Epicurus”

  1. Rosita says :

    really good quotes, they remind us on y are we here on Planet Earth and wha’ should we do, to cherish those we luv while they are still here, ’cause life is so dang ephemeral. we must be loyal as dogs but carefree and open minded as cats, apart from compassionate, and only then world will improve for real on a very, very good and tolerant way.
    Hope yours r fine,
    R

    • reneeriley says :

      Thanks, Rosita: I like your dog and cat models for us all. We are fine. I hope all is well with you and your family. Aloha, R

      • Rosita says :

        uw. and we’re fine, too! 💖 and do Hawaii has many earthquakes and tsunamis as some areas of Pacific, or is it like Brasil, which don’t have recorded such stuff in centuries?
        Amo vocês,
        Your Brazilian friend

  2. Ania says :

    Always happy to read you ! Regards Ania

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