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Lucretius
(full name: Titus Lucretius Carus)
Roman poet and philosopher
(ca. 99 BC- ca. 55 BC)



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If men saw that a term was set to their troubles, they would find strength in some way to withstand the hocus-pocus and intimidations of the prophets.
-- De rerum natura; translated into English as: On the Nature of the Universe

Stilicidi casus lapidem cavat, uncus aratri.
Continual dropping wears away a stone.
-- De rerum natura; translated into English as: On the Nature of the Universe

Nil posse creari de nilo.
Nothing can be created from nothing.
-- De rerum natura; translated into English as: On the Nature of the Universe

Nil igitur mors est ad nos neque pertinet hilum,
quandoquidem natura animi mortalis habetur.

Therefore death is nothing to us, it matters not one jot,
since the nature of the mind is understood to be mortal.
-- De rerum natura; translated into English as: On the Nature of the Universe

Cur non ut plenus vitae conviva recedis
aequo animoque capis securam, stulte, quietem?

Why dost thou not retire like a guest sated with the banquet of life,
and with calm mind embrace, thou fool, a rest that knows no care?
-- De rerum natura; translated into English as: On the Nature of the Universe


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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