De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) Questions and Answers
by Titus Lucretius Carus

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What does Lucretius mention about pleasure and its relationship to happiness? Please list the books which involve pleasure and happiness.  

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In Book III, Lucretius notes that “fear of Hell which blasts the life of man from its very foundations, sullying everything with the blackness of death and leaving no pleasure pure and unalloyed.” (This will appear differently depending on your translation.) Lucretius believed there was nothing after death, so to fear it is silly because that is to fear nothing. He felt that the fear of death and man's creation of the wrath of God inhibited pleasure and happiness as much as anything. Therefore, living for the present is the best way to find happiness.We should live morally and to be happy, but should not lose any sleep over eternal retribution. 

Happiness is obtained by accepting the way the world is. And this comes with having...

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