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Lucretius c.94 - 55 BC

And in a short while the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners relay the torch of life.

Nature repairs one thing from another and allows nothing to be born without the aid of another's death.

Man's greatest wealth is to live on a little with contented mind; for little is never lacking.

And life is given to none freehold, but is leasehold for all.

So far as it goes, a small thing may give analogy of great things, and show the tracks of knowledge.

Violence and injury enclose in their net all that do such things, and generally return upon him who began.

Men are eager to tread underfoot what they have once too much feared.

Lovely it is, when the winds are churning up the waves on the great sea, to gaze out from the land on the great efforts of someone else.

From the very fountain of enchantment there arises a taste of bitterness to spread anguish amongst the flowers.

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

From the heart of the fountain of delight rises a jet of bitterness that tortures us among the very flowers.

Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.

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It is pleasurable, when winds disturb the waves of a great sea, to gaze out from land upon the great trials of another.

Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril.

The generations of living things pass in a short time, and like runners hand on the torch of life.

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.

So much wrong could religion induce.

Nothing can be created out of nothing.

Fear was the first thing on earth to make gods.

Victory puts us on a level with heaven.

The sum of all sums is eternity.

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What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.

What once sprung from the earth sinks back into the earth.

Air, I should explain, becomes wind when it is agitated.

What once sprung from the earth sinks back into the earth.

Watch a man in times of adversity to discover what kind of man he is.

There is nothing that exists so great or marvelous that over time mankind does not admire it less and less.

Deprived of pain, and also deprived of danger, able to do what it wants, (Nature) does not need us, nor understands our deserts, and it cannot be angry.
Do you not see even stones yield to the power of time, lofty towers fall to decay, and the rocks molder away? Temples and statues of the gods go to ruin, nor can the gods themselves prolong their date or get reprieve from fate.
The supply of matter in the universe was never more tightly packed than it is now, or more widely spread out. For nothing is ever added to it or subtracted from it. It follows that the movement of atoms today is no different from what it was in bygone ages and always will be. So the things that have regularly come into being will continue to come into being in the same manner; they will be and grow and flourish so far as each is allowed by the laws of nature.
Furthermore, as the body suffers the horrors of disease and the pangs of pain, so we see the mind stabbed with anguish, grief and fear. What more natural than that it should likewise have a share in death?
It's easier to avoid the snares of love than to escape once you are in that net whose cords and knots are strong; but even so, enmeshed, entangled, you can still get out unless, poor fool, you stand in your own way.
For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true.

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