LUCRETIUS  Macroknow Library

The 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


1 Lucretius. The Nature of the Universe. Translated and with an Introduction by R.E. Latham. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books Ltd.
a Life and Mind, at 98.
b Ibid., at 100-101.
c Ibid., at 121.