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LUCRETIUS

De rerum natura

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A man leaves his great house because he's bored

With life at home, and suddenly returns,

Finding himself no happier abroad.

He rushes off to his villa driving like mad,

You'ld think he's going to a house on fire,

And yawns before he's put his foot inside,

Or falls asleep and seeks oblivion,

Or even rushes back to town again.

So each man flies from himself (vain hope, because

It clings to him the more closely against his will)

And hates himself because he is sick in mind

And does not know the cause of his disease.

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Nothing is more blissful than to occupy the heights effectively fortified by the teaching of the wise, tranquil sanctuaries from which you can look down upon others and see them wandering everywhere in their random search for the way of life, competing for intellectual eminence, disputing about rank, and striving night and day with prodigious effort to scale the summit of wealth and to secure power. O minds of mortals, blighted by your blindness! Amid what deep darkness and daunting dangers life’s little day is passed! To think that you should fail to see that nature importantly demands only that the body may be rid of pain, and that the mind, divorced from anxiety and fear, may enjoy a feeling of contentment!

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Humana ante oculos foede cum vita iaceret

in terris oppressa gravi sub religione,

quae caput a caeli regionibus ostendebat

horribili super aspectu mortalibus instans,

primum Graius homo mortalis tollere contra

est oculos ausus primusque obsistere contra;

quem neque fama deum nec fulmina nec minitanti

murmure compressit caelum, sed eo magis acrem

inritat animi virtutem, effringere ut arta

naturae primus portarum claustra cupiret.

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Toen het menselijke leven klaarblijkelijk op afstotelijke wijze

op aarde neerlag, verdrukt door de strenge godsdienst

die haar hoofd vanuit de hemelsferen toonde,

de stervelingen van boven bedreigend met zijn afgrijselijke blik,

durfde voor het eerst een Griekse sterveling zijn ogen

ertegen op te heffen en zich als eerste ertegen te verzetten;

Noch legenden over de goden, noch de bliksems, noch de hemel

met zijn dreigend gedreun konden hem het zwijgen opleggen,

maar des te meer vuurden ze zijn scherpe intelligentie aan, zodat hij als eerste

verlangde de strakke grendels van de poorten van de natuur open te breken.

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