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PERSIUS (AULUS PERSIUS FLACCUS)
Etrurian satirical poet
(34 - 62)
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And don't consult anyone's opinions but your own.
      - [Self-trust]

Check disease in its approach.
      - [Proverbs]

Each man has his fancy.
      - [Proverbs]

For Yesterday was once To-morrow.
      - [Procrastination]

He conquers who endures.
      - [Endurance]

His bloated paunch stands forth projecting a good eighteen inches.
      - [Proverbs]

Hunger is the teacher of the arts, and the bestower of invention.
      - [Hunger]

Indulge, and to thy genius freely give,
  For not to live at ease is not to live.
      - [Ease]

It is a pleasant thing to be pointed at with the finger, and to hear it said, "That is he."
      - [Proverbs]

Live according to your income.
      - [Proverbs]

May everything he treads upon become a rose!
      - [Proverbs]

Now o'er his tomb and happy ashes will not violets spring?
      - [Proverbs]

Oh, the cares of men! how much emptiness there is in human concerns!
      - [Vanity]

Ostensibly polite, you nourish the cunning of the fox in the hollowness of your heart.
      - [Proverbs]

Please not thyself the flattering crowd to hear;
  'Tis fulsome stuff, to please thy itching ear.
    Survey thy soul, not what thou does appear,
      But what thou art.
      - [Popularity]

Retire within yourself, and you will discover how small a stock there is.
  [Lat., Tecum habita, et noris quam sit tibi curta supellex.]
      - [Self]

Snuffling through his nose some stale joke.
      - [Proverbs]

Things fit only to give weight to smoke.
      - [Trifles]

You are too sarcastic.
      - [Proverbs]

Your knowing a thing is nothing, unless another knows you know it.
      - [Proverbs]

The belly (i.e. necessity) is the teacher of art and the liberal bestower of wit.
  [Lat., Magister artis ingenique largitor Venter.]
      - Prologue to Satires (10) [Eating]

You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class).
  [Lat., Verba togae sequeris.]
      - Satires (5, 14) [Speech]

How much folly there is in human affairs.
  [Lat., Quantum est in rebus inane!]
      - Satires (I, 1) [Folly]

Nothing can be born of nothing, nothing can be resolved into nothing.
  [Lat., Gigni
    De nihilo nihil, in nihilum nil posse reverti.]
      - Satires (I, 111, 83) [Nothingness]

Is then thy knowledge of no value, unless another know that thou possessest that knowledge?
  [Lat., Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter?]
      - Satires (I, 27) [Knowledge]


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