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Roman poet
(65 BC - 8 BC)
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Virtue knowing no base repulse, shines with untarnished honour; nor does she assume or resign her emblems of honour by the will of some popular breeze.
  [Lat., Virtus repulse nescia sordidae,
    Intaminatis fulget honoribus;
      Nec sumit aut ponit secures
        Arbitrio popularis aurae.]
      - Carmina (III, 2, 17) [Virtue]

Virtue, opening heaven to those who do not deserve to die, makes her course by paths untried.
  [Lat., Virtus, recludens immeritis mori
    Coelum, negata tentat iter via.]
      - Carmina (III, 2, 21) [Virtue]

There is likewise a reward for faithful silence.
  [Lat., Est et fideli tuta silentio merces.]
      - Carmina (III, 2, 25) [Silence]

Justice, though moving with tardy pace, has seldom failed to overtake the wicked in their flight.
  [Lat., Raro antecedentem scelestum
    Deseruit pede poena claudo.]
      - Carmina (III, 2, 31) [Justice]

We hate virtue when it is safe; when removed from our sight we diligently seek it.
  [Lat., Virtutem incolumem odimus,
    Sublatum ex oculis quaerimus.]
      - Carmina (III, 24, 31) [Virtue]

Of what use are laws, inoperative through public immortality?
  [Lat., Quid leges sine moribus
    Vanae proficiunt?]
      - Carmina (III, 24, 35) [Law]

Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune.
  [Lat., Curtae nescio quid semper abest rei.]
      - Carmina (III, 24, 64) [Fortune]

I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty.
  [Lat., Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit
    Pennas, resigno quae dedit, et mea
      Virtute me involvo, probamque
        Pauperiem sine dote quaero.]
      - Carmina (III, 29) [Fortune]

Cease to admire the smoke, wealth, and noise of prosperous Rome.
  [Lat., Omitte mirari beatae
    Fumum et opes strepitumque Romae.]
      - Carmina (III, 29, 11) [Rome]

Change generally pleases the rich.
  [Lat., Plerumque gratae divitibus vices.]
      - Carmina (III, 29, 13) [Change]

A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness.
  [Lat., Prudens futuri temporis exitum
    Caliginosa nocte premit deus.]
      - Carmina (III, 29, 29) [Future]

That man lives happy and in command of himself, who from day to day can say I have lived. Whether clouds obscure, or the sun illumines the following day, that which is past is beyond recall.
  [Lat., Ille potens sui
    Laetusque deget, cui licet in diem
      Dixisse Vixi; cras vel atra
        Nube polum pater occupato,
          Vel sole puro, non tamen irritum
            Quodcunque retro est efficiet.]
      - Carmina (III, 29, 41) [Life]

I wrap myself up in virtue.
  [Lat., Mea virtute me involvo.]
      - Carmina (III, 29, 55) [Virtue]

The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tryant.
  [Lat., Justum et tenacem propositi virum
    Non civium ardor prava jubentium,
      Non vultus instantis tyranni,
        Mente quatit solida.]
      - Carmina (III, 3, 1) [Courage]

I have reared a memorial more enduring than brass, and loftier than the regal structure of the pyramids, which neither the corroding shower nor the powerless north wind can destroy; no, not even unending years nor the flight of time itself. I shall not entirely die. The greater part of me shall escape oblivion.
  [Lat., Exegi monumentum aera perennius
    Regalique situ pyramidum altius,
      Quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens
        Possit diruere aut innumerabilis
          Annorum series et fuga temporum.
            Non omnis moriar, multaque pars mei
              Vitabit Libitinam.]
      - Carmina (III, 30, 1) [Monuments]

I am not what I once was.
  [Lat., Non sum qualis eram.]
      - Carmina (IV, 1, 3) [Change : Proverbs]

Mighty to inspire new hopes, and able to drown the bitterness of cares.
  [Lat., Spes donare novas largus, amaraque
    Curarum eluere efficax.]
      - Carmina (IV, 12, 19) [Wine and Spirits]

Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.
  [Lat., Misce stultitiam consiliis brevem:
    Dulce est desipere in loco.]
      - Carmina (IV, 12, 27) [Nonsense]

He who studies to imitate the poet Pindar, O Julius, relies on artificial wings fastened on with wax, and is sure to give his name to a glassy sea.
  [Lat., Pindarum quisquis studet aemulari,
    Iule ceratis ope Daedalea
      Nititur pennis, vitreo daturus
        Nomina ponto.]
      - Carmina (IV, 2, 1) [Imitation]

One cannot know everything.
  [Lat., Nec scire fas est omnia.]
      - Carmina (IV, 4, 22) [Knowledge]

Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.
  [Lat., Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam.]
      - Carmina (IV, 4, 33) [Teaching]

Punishment follows close on crime.
  [Lat., Culpam poena premit comes.]
      - Carmina (IV, 5, 24) [Punishment]

Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour?
  [Lat., Quis scit, an adjiciant hodiernae crastina summae
    Tempora di superi?]
      - Carmina (IV, 7, 17) [Uncertainty]

Marble statues, engraved with public inscriptions, by which the life and soul return after death to noble leaders.
  [Lat., Incisa notis marmora publicis,
    Per quae spiritus et vita redit bonis
      Post mortem ducibus.]
      - Carmina (IV, 8) [Monuments]

The muse does not allow the praise-de-serving here to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.
  [Lat., Dignum laude virum Musa vetat mori;
    Coelo Musa beat.]
      - Carmina (IV, 8, 28) [Immortality]

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