Titus Lucretius Carus's T. Lucreti Cari de Rerum Natura Libri Sex (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from T. Lucreti Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex
This terror then and darkness of mind must be dispelled not by the rays of the sun and glittering Shafts of day, but by the aspect and the law of nature; the warp of whose design we shall begin with this first principle, nothing is ever gotten out of nothing by divine power. Fear in sooth holds so in check all mortals, because they see many operations go on in earth and heaven, the causes of which they can in no way understand, believing them therefore to be done by power divine. For these reasons when we shall have seen that nothing can be produced from nothing, we Shall then more correctly ascertain that which we are seeking, both the elements out of which every thing can be produced and the manner in which all things are done without the hand of the gods.
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