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Ideas of Lucretius, by Text

[Roman, 100 - 55 BCE, Born in Rome. Roman poet, about whom little is known. Probably a slave. Died in Rome.]

60BCE On the Nature of the Universe
5.56 p.172 Nothing can break the binding laws of eternity
I.1069 p.58 There can be no centre in infinity
I.152 p.31 Nothing can be created by divine power out of nothing
I.303 p.36 Only bodies can touch one another
I.342 p.37 If there were no space there could be no movement, or even creation
I.422 p.40 The only possible standard for settling doubts is the foundation of the senses
I.46 p.28 Everything is created and fed by nature from atoms, and they return to atoms in death
I.465 p.41 We can only sense time by means of movement, or its absence
I.544 p.43 If matter wasn't everlasting, everything would have disappeared by now
I.558 p.43 It is quicker to break things up than to assemble them
I.620 p.45 If an object is infinitely subdivisible, it will be the same as the whole universe
I.700 p.47 The senses are much the best way to distinguish true from false
I.959 p.55 The universe must be limitless, since there could be nothing outside to limit it
II.1022 p.90 Even simple facts are hard to believe at first hearing
II.1057 p.91 This earth is very unlikely to be the only one created
II.1094 p.92 Nature runs the universe by herself without the aid of gods
II.133 p.64 Atoms move themselves
II.180 p.65 The universe can't have been created by gods, because it is too imperfect
II.21 p.60 Nature only wants two things: freedom from pain, and pleasure
II.217 p.66 In downward motion, atoms occasionally swerve slightly for no reason
II.294 p.68 The actions of the mind are not determinate and passive, because atoms can swerve
II.652 p.79 Gods are tranquil and aloof, and have no need of or interest in us
II.658 p.79 The earth is and always has been an insentient being
II.914 p.87 Particles may have sensation, but eggs turning into chicks suggests otherwise
II.988 p.89 You needn't be made of laughing particles to laugh, so why not sensation from senseless seeds?
III.140 p.100 The mind is in the middle of the breast, because there we experience fear and joy
III.164 p.101 The mind moves limbs, wakes the body up, changes facial expressions, which involve touch
III.201 p.102 The mind is very small smooth particles, which evaporate at death
III.262 p.51 The separate elements and capacities of a mind cannot be distinguished
III.542 p.112 Spirit is mortal
III.624 p.115 For a separated spirit to remain sentient it would need sense organs attached to it
III.670 p.116 If spirit is immortal and enters us at birth, why don't we remember a previous existence?
III.743 p.118 Lions, foxes and deer have distinct characters because their minds share in their bodies
III.799 p.120 An immortal mind couldn't work harmoniously with a mortal body
III.867 p.122 The dead are no different from those who were never born
III.95 p.99 The mind is a part of a man, just like a hand or an eye
IV.462 p.144 Most supposed delusions of the senses are really misinterpretations by the mind
IV.479 p.145 The concept of truth was originated by the senses
IV.518 p.146 If the senses are deceptive, reason, which rests on them, is even worse
IV.638 p.150 One man's meat is another man's poison
IV.834 p.156 Our bodies weren't created to be used; on the contrary, their creation makes a use possible
VI.400 p.229 Why does Jupiter never hurl lightning from a blue sky?