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MARTIAL (MARCUS VALERIUS MARTIALIS)
Spanish epigrammatic poet
(c. 43 - 104)
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A crafty innkeeper at Ravenna lately cheated me. I asked him for wine and water; he sold me pure wine.
      - [Epigrams]

A good man enlarges the term of his own existence.
      - [Goodness]

A novice always behaves with propriety.
      - [Proverbs]

A vagrant is everywhere at home.
      - [Vagrant]

Acerra always drinks till dawn.
      - [Proverbs]

All your female friends are either old or ugly; nay, more ugly than old women usually are. These you lead about in your train, and drag with you to feasts, porticos and theaters. Thus, Fabulla, you seem handsome, thus you seem young.
      - [Epigrams]

Be cheerful, if you are wise.
      - [Proverbs]

Be not too thick with anybody; your joys will be fewer, and so will pains.
      - [Proverbs]

Do you ask what sort of a maid I desire or dislike, Flaccus? I dislike one too easy and one too coy. The just mean, which lies between the two extremes, is what I approve; I like neither that which tortures nor that which cloys.
      - [Epigrams]

Do you ask why I am unwilling to marry a rich wife? It is because I am unwilling to be taken to husband by my wife. The mistress of the house should be subordinate to her husband, for in no other way, Priscus, will the wife and husband be on an equality.
      - [Epigrams]

Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey, and brevity.
      - [Proverbs]

Fannius, as he was fleeing from the enemy, put himself to death. Is not this, I ask, madness--to die, for fear of dying?
      - [Epigrams]

For life is not to live, but to be well.
      - [Health]

Gifts are like fish-hooks; for who is not aware that the greedy char is deceived by the fly which he swallows?
      - [Flyfishing : Gifts]

Glory comes too late when we are nought but ashes.
      - [Proverbs]

He misses what is meant by epigram
  Who thinks it only frivolous flim-flam.
      - [Epigrams]

He says anything that first comes into his mouth.
      - [Proverbs]

He who is not in readiness to-day, will be less prepared to-morrow.
      - [Proverbs]

He who weighs his burdens, can bear them.
      - [Fortitude]

Her grief is real who grieves when no one is by.
      - [Proverbs]

Hidden evils are most dreaded.
      - [Proverbs]

I believe that man to be wretched whom none can please.
      - [Unhappiness]

I commend you, Postumus, for kissing me with only half your lip; you may, however, if you please, withhold even the half of this half. Are you inclined to grant me a boon still greater, and even inexpressible? Keep this whole half entirely to yourself, Postumus.
      - [Epigrams]

I do not love you, Zabidi, I cannot tell you why, but this I know, I do not love you, Zabidi.
  [Lat., Non amo te Zabidi, nec possum dicere quare,
    Noc solum scio, non amo te, Zabidi.]
      - [Love]

I have not a farthing in the house; one thing only remains for me to do, Regulus, and that is to sell the presents which I have received from you; are you inclined to buy them?
      - [Epigrams]


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