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I see and approve better things, I follow the worse.
[Lat., Video meliora proboque,
- Metamorphoses (VII, 20) [Character]
No one possesses unalloyed pleasure; there is some anxiety mingled with the joy.
[Lat., Usque adeo nulli sincera voluptas,
Solicitique aliquid laetis intervenit.]
- Metamorphoses (VII, 453) [Pleasure]
Love is a credulous thing.
[Lat., Credula res amor est.]
- Metamorphoses (VII, 826) [Love]
God himself favors the brave.
[Lat., Audentes deus ipse juvat.]
- Metamorphoses (X, 586) [Bravery]
Skilled in every trick, a worthy heir of his paternal craft, he would make black look like white, and white look black.
[Lat., Furtum ingeniosus ad omne,
Qui facere assueret, patriae non degener artis,
Candida de nigris, et de candentibus atra.]
- Metamorphoses (XI, 313) [Deceit]
Sleep, rest of nature, O sleep, most gentle of the divinities, peace of the soul, thou at whose presence care disappears, who soothest hearts wearied with daily employments, and makest them strong again for labour!
[Lat., Somne, quies rerum, placidissime, somne, Deorum,
Pax animi, quem cura fugit, qui corda diurnis
Fessa ministeriis mulces, reparasque labori!]
- Metamorphoses (XI, 624) [Sleep]
Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something to what he has heard.
[Lat., Hi narrata ferunt alio; mensuraque ficti
Crescit et auditus aliquid novus adjicit auctor.]
- Metamorphoses (XII, 57) [Rumor]
It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.
- Metamorphoses (XIII) [Mind]
Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own.
[Lat., Nam genus et proavos et quae non fecimus ipsi
Vix ea nostra voco.]
- Metamorphoses (XIII, 140) [Ancestry]
All things change, nothing perishes.
[Lat., Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.]
- Metamorphoses (XV, 165) [Change]
Time glides by with constant movement, not unlike a stream. For neither can a stream stay its course, nor can the fleeting hour.
[Lat., Assiduo labuntur tempora motu,
Non secus ad flumen. Neque enim consistere flumen.
Nec levis hora potest.]
- Metamorphoses (XV, 180) [Time]
Time that devours all things.
[Lat., Tempus edax rerum.]
- Metamorphoses (XV, 234) [Time]
And now have I finished a work which neither the wrath of Jove, nor fire, nor steel, nor all-consuming time can destroy. Welcome the day which can destroy only my physical man in ending my uncertain life. In my better part I shall be raised to immortality above the lofty stars, and my name shall never die.
[Lat., Tamque opus exegi quod nec Jovis ira necignes
Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere vetustas.
Cum volet illa dies quae nil nisi corporis hujus
Jus habet, incerti spatium mihi siniat aevi;
Parte tamen meliore mei super alta perennis
Astra ferar, nomenque erit indelebile nostrum.]
- Metamorphoses (XV, 871) [Immortality]
Her head was bare;
But for her native ornament of hair;
Which in a simple knot was tied above,
Sweet negligence, unheeded bait of love!
- Metamorphoses--Meleager and Atalanta
(l. 68), (Dryden's translation) [Hair]
The raven once in snowy plumes was drest,
White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast,
Fair as the guardian of the Capitol,
Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl
His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite
To sooty blackness from the purest white.
- Metamorphoses--Story of Coronis,
(Addison's translation) [Ravens]
Take this at least, this last advice, my son:
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:
The coursers of themselves will run too fast,
Your art must be to moderate their haste.
- Metamorphoses--Story of Phaeton
(bk. II, l. 147), (Addison's translation)
Time is generally the best medicine.
[Lat., Temporis ars medicina fere est.]
- Remedia Amoris (131) [Time]
The wild boar is often held by a small dog.
[Lat., A cane non magno saepe tenetur aper.]
- Remedia Amoris (422) [Power]
Out of many things a great heap will be formed.
[Lat., De multis grandis acervus erit.]
- Remedia Amoris (424) [Trifles]
It is something to hold the scepter with a firm hand.
[Lat., Est aliquid valida sceptra tenere manu.]
- Remedia Amoris (480) [Royalty]
Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.
[Lat., Summa petit livor: perflant altissima venti.]
- Remedia Amoris (CCCLXIX) [Envy]
Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.
[Lat., Ingenium magni detractat livor Homeri.]
- Remedia Amoris (CCCLXV) [Envy]
If thou wishest to put an end to love, attend to business (love yields to employment); then thou wilt be safe.
[Lat., Qui finem quaeris amoris,
(Cedit amor rebus) res age; tutus eris.]
- Remedia Amoris (CXLIII) [Love]
If you give up your quiet life, the bow of Cupid will lose its power.
[Lat., Otia si tollas, periere cupidinis arcus.]
- Remedia Amoris (CXXXIX) [Love]
There are a thousand forms of evil; there will be a thousand remedies.
[Lat., Mille mali species, mille salutis erunt.]
- Remedia Amoris (V, 26) [Evil]
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