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MARTIAL (MARCUS VALERIUS MARTIALIS)
Spanish epigrammatic poet
(c. 43 - 104)
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I wont let a wife lead me to the altar. [I will not have a wife that shall be my master.]
      - [Proverbs]

If fame comes after death, I'm in no hurry for it.
  [Lat., Si post fata venit gloria non propero.]
      - [Fame]

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.
      - [Fame]

If I remember right, Aelia, you had four teeth; a cough displaced two, another two more. You can now cough without anxiety all the day long. A third cough can find nothing to do in your mouth.
      - [Epigrams]

It is as good as second life to be able to look back upon our past life with pleasure.
      - [Proverbs]

It is easy in adversity to despise death; he has real fortitude who dares to live and be wretched.
      - [Adversity]

It is folly to waste labour about trifles.
      - [Proverbs]

It is not he who forms idols in gold or marble that makes them gods, but he who kneels before them.
      - [Idolatry]

It is to live twice when we can enjoy the recollections of our former life.
      - [Past]

Life consists not merely in existing, but in enjoying health.
      - [Proverbs]

Make it a point not to be over-fascinating.
      - [Proverbs]

No amount of misfortune will satisfy the man who is not satisfied
  with reading a hundred epigrams.
      - [Epigrams]

Nothing is more ill-timed than an ill-timed laugh.
      - [Proverbs]

Of no day can the retrospect cause pain to a good man.
      - [Retrospection]

One genius has made many clever artists.
      - [Genius]

Rarity gives a charm: thus early fruits are most esteemed; thus winter roses obtain a higher price; thus coyness sets off an extravagant mistress: a door ever open attracts no young suitor.
      - [Attractiveness]

Red-haired, black-lipped, club-footed, and blink-eyed; if you're a good man, you're a wonder!
      - [Proverbs]

Short is the life of those who possess great accomplishments, and seldom do they reach a good old age. Whatever thou lovest, pray that thou mayest not set too high a value on it.
      - [Mortality]

Some things are good, some middling, more bad.
      - [Proverbs]

Spare the person, but lash the vice.
      - [Vice]

The face that cannot smile is never fair.
      - [Smiles]

There is nothing more revolting than an old busybody.
      - [Proverbs]

There's nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.
  [Lat., Calvo turpius est nihil compto.]
      - [Baldness : Contempt : Hair]

They let out on hire their passions and eloquence. [Referring to lawyers.]
      - [Proverbs]

This division of labour will lessen the task.
      - [Proverbs]


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