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Lucretius

Lucretius

A collection of epicurean content related to the great Roman poet Lucretius, famous for his poem De Rerum Natura (often translated On the Nature of Things).


Quotations


"Think for yourself..."

“I would wish you to think nothing good, or bad either, upon my decision. The first and the last thing I would say to man is, think for yourself.” — Epicurus, in A Few Days In Athens

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"Most of the anxieties we face are imaginary..."

“Most of the anxieties we face are imaginary, no worse than the imaginings of children.” — Lucretius

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"...gird yourself to battle."

“With eager judgement weigh things, and, if you see them true, lift your hands and yield, or, if it is false, gird yourself to battle.” — Lucretius

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"Gird thee to combat..."

“With keen judgment nicely weigh; And if to thee it then appeareth true, Render thy hands, or, if ‘tis false at last, Gird thee to combat.” — Lucretius

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Sources


"De Rerum Natura"

On the Nature of Things by Lucretius (circa 50BCE) is an epic poem exploring Epicurean physics.

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De Rerum Natura (The Way Things Are)

The great epic poem De Rerum Natura by Lucretius, as translated into modern English by Rolfe Humphries.

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