Nature of the Universe.
" . . .
[I]n their greed of gain [men]
amass a fortune out of civil bloodshed: piling wealth on wealth,
they heap carnage on carnage. With heartless glee they
welcome a brother's tragic death. They hate and fear the
hospitable board of their own kin. Often, in the same spirit and
influenced by the same fear, they are consumed with envy
at the sight of another's success . . . Some sacrifice life itself
for the sake of statues and a title. Often from fear of
death mortals are gripped by such a hate of living . . . they
do themselves to death. They forget that this very fear is
the fountainhead of their troubles: this it is that
harasses conscience, snaps the bonds of friendship and hurls down
virtue from the heights."1a
" . . . [I] maintain that mind and spirit are
interconnected and compose between them a single substance.
. . that mind and spirit are both composed of matter."1b*
" . . .
[D]eath is nothing to us
and no concern
of ours, since our tenure of the mind is mortal. . . So, when we
shall be no more - when the union of body and spirit that
engenders us has been disrupted - to us, who shall then be
nothing, nothing by any hazard will happen any more at all."1c