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DECIMUS MAGNUS AUSONIUS
Roman (Bordeaux resident) poet and teacher
(c. 310 - 395)

Be not arrogant when fortune smiles, or dejected when she frowns.
      - [Proverbs]

Can we wonder that men perish and are forgotten when their noblest and most enduring works decay?
      - [Decay]

If you are dreaded by many then beware of many.
      - [Proverbs]

It often happens, that misery will follow a marriage when the dowry is too large.
      - [Proverbs]

Let the blacksmith wear the chains he has himself made.
      - [Proverbs]

No man will revel long in the indulgence of crime.
      - [Proverbs]

Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.
      - [Ingratitude]

One day unfolds it and one day destroys.
      - [Proverbs]

Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.
  [Lat., Nil homine terra pejus ingrato creat.]
      - Epigrams (CXL, 1) [Ingratitude]

Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
  [Lat., Incipe; dimidium facti est coepisse. Supersit
    Dimidium: rursum hoc incipe, et efficies.]
      - Epigrams (LXXXI, 1) [Beginnings]

A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.
  [Lat., Gratia, quae tarda est, ingrata est: gratia namque
    Cum fieri properat, gratia grata magis.]
      - Epigrams (LXXXII, 1) [Favors]

Begin whatever you have to do: the beginning of a work stands for the whole.
  [Lat., Incipe quidquid agas: pro toto est prima operis pars.]
      - Idyllia (II, Inconnexa, 5) [Beginnings]

When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
  [Lat., Turpe quid ausurus, te sine teste time.]
      - Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (III, 7) [Honor]

If thou art terrible to many, then beware of many.
  [Lat., Multis terribilis, caveto multos.]
      - Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (IV, 5) [Prudence]

If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
  [Lat., Si fortuna juvat, caveto tolli;
    Si fortuna tonat, caveto mergi.]
      - Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (IV, 6) [Fortune]

It is tormenting to fear what you cannot overcome.
  [Lat., Crux est si metuas quod vincere nequeas.]
      - Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (VII, 4) [Fear]


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