Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

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De Rerum Natura

in like manner, the thundering regions of the skywere right, the world would be destroyed. rush upwards, the earth swiftly slip from under our feet, and amidst the commingled ruin of sky and all things, letting their elements go free, utterly depart through the empty profound, so that in one moment of time not a wrack be left behind except desert space and invisible elements. For in whatsoever part you shall assume that particles shall first be lacking, that part will be the gate of death for things: by that way the whole mass of matter will disperse abroad.

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So you will gain a thorough understandinga ofTruth will throw light on truth for you. these matters, led on with very little effort; for one thing will become clear by another, and blind night will not steal your path and prevent you from seeing all the uttermost recesses of nature: so clearly will truths kindle light for truths.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.lucretius-de_rerum_natura.1924