Single Idea 17004

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 7. Strictness of Laws]

Full Idea

Nothing has power to break the binding laws of eternity.

Gist of Idea

Nothing can break the binding laws of eternity


Lucretius (On the Nature of the Universe [c.60 BCE], 5.56)

Book Reference

Lucretius: 'On the Nature of the Universe', ed/tr. Latham,Ronald [Penguin 1951], p.172

A Reaction

This seems to be virtually the only remark from the ancient world suggesting that there are 'laws' of nature, so I'm guessing it is a transient metaphor, not a theory about nature. 'Even the gods must bow to necessity'.