Death, therefore, is nothing to us


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Why is it that a phrase so famous can be so much trouble?

The internet, that scion of factual information, has two ways of writing this phrase in Latin:

nil igitur est mors ad nos


nil igitur mors est ad nos

Does ANYONE know what the Latin phrase actually is?
(This is for a children's book series so it needs to be absolutely correct)

Many thanks.


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The Original is from Lucretius, De rerum natura - Liber III, 830-869(TITI LVCRETI CARI DE RERVM NATVRA LIBER TERTIVS)

Nil igitur mors est ad nos neque pertinet hilum,
quandoquidem natura animi mortalis habetur.

Therefore death to us is nothing, nor concerns us in the least,
Since nature of mind is mortal evermore.


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Thank you, Adrian. Very much appreciated.

There are a number of red faces on the Internet, including the "always infallible" Wikipedia!