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LUCRETIUS (TITUS LUCRETIUS CARUS)
Roman philosophical poet
(c. 96 BC - 55 BC)
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We plainly perceive that the mind strengthens and decays with the body.
  [Lat., Cum corpore ut una
    Crescere sentimus pariterque senescere mentem.]
      - De Rerum Natura (III, 446) [Mind]

When the body is assailed by the strong force of time and the limbs weaken from exhausted force, genius breaks down, and mind and speech fail.
  [Lat., Ubi jam valideis quassatum est viribus aevi
    Corpus, et obtuseis ceciderunt viribus artus,
      Claudicat ingenium delirat linguaque mensque.]
      - De Rerum Natura (III, 452) [Genius]

The mask is torn off, while the reality remains.
  [Lat., Eripitur persona, manet res.]
      - De Rerum Natura (III, 58) [Character]

The sum total of all sums total is eternal (meaning the universe).
  [Lat., Summarum summa est aeternum.]
      - De Rerum Natura (III, 817) [Eternity]

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs
  Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom springs.
    [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
      Surgit amari aliquid, quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,129),
        translated in Byron's "Childe Harold", canto I., st. 82
        [Change : Joy : Proverbs]

Men conceal the past scenes of their lives.
  [Lat., Vitae poscaenia celant.]
      - De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,182) [Secrecy]

A little, tiny, pretty, witty, charming darling she.
  [Lat., Parvula, pumilio, chariton mia tota merum sal.]
      - De Rerum Natura (IV, 1158) [Women]

Gently touching with the charm of poetry.
  [Lat., Musaeo contigens cuncta lepore.]
      - De Rerum Natura (IV, 9) [Poetry]

In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.
  [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
    Surgit amari aliquid quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - IV, 1133 [Wit]


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