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Country in town.
[Lat., Rus in urbe.]
- Epigrams (bk. XII, 57, 21) [Country Life]
The African lions rush to attack bulls; they do not attack butterflies.
[Lat., In tauros Libyci ruunt leones;
Non sunt papilionibus molesti.]
- Epigrams (bk. XII, 62, 5) [Success]
When to secure your bald pate from the weather,
You lately wore a cape of black neats' leather;
He was a very wag, who to you said,
"Why do you wear your slippers on your head?"
- Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 45),
(trans. by Hay) [Epigrams]
In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow,
Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow;
Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about thee,
That there's no living with thee, or without thee.
- Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 47),
(translation by Addison, "Spectator" No. 68)
I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.
- Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 79) [Borrowing]
You often ask me, Priscus, what sort of person I should be, if I were to become suddenly rich and powerful. Who can determine what would be his future conduct? Tell me, if you were to become a lion, what sort of a lion would you be?
- Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 92) [Wealth]
Attic honey thickens the nectar-like Falernian. Such drink deserves to be mixed by Ganymede.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, 108) [Drinking]
Let Nepos place Caeretan wine on table, and you will deem it Setine. But he does not give it to all the world; he drinks it only with a trio of friends.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 124) [Drinking]
As long as I have fat turtle-doves, a fig of your lettuce, my friend, and you may keep your shell-fish to yourself. I have no wish to waste my appetite.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 53) [Eating]
See, how the liver is swollen larger than a fat goose! In amazement you will exclaim: Where could this possibly grow?
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 58) [Eating]
Whether woodcock or partridge, what does it signify, if the taste is the same? But the partridge is dearer, and therefore thought preferable.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 76) [Eating]
However great the dish that holds the turbot, the turbot is still greater than the dish.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 81) [Eating]
If my opinion is of any worth, the fieldfare is the greatest delicacy among birds, the hare among quadrupeds.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 92) [Eating]
See how the mountain goat hangs from the summit of the cliff; you would expect it to fall; it is merely showing its contempt for the dogs.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 99) [Epigrams]
The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. LXXVII) [Swans]
Never think of leaving perfumes or wine to your heir. Administer these yourself, and let him have your money.
- Epigrams (bk. XIII, sp. 126) [Epigrams]
You crystal break, for fear of breaking it:
Careless and careful hands like faults commit.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 111),
(translation by Wright) [Faults]
I'm what I seem; not any dyer gave,
But nature dyed this colour that I have.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 133),
(translated by Wright) [Nature]
The swifter hand doth the swift words outrun:
Before the tongue hath spoke the hand hath done.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 208),
(translation by Wright), on a shorthand writer
A cook should double one sense have: for he
Should taster for himself and master be.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 220) [Cookery]
Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumb-bells? To dig a vineyard is a worthier exercise for men.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 49) [Work]
That which prevents disagreeable flies from feeding on your repast, was once the proud tail of a splendid bird.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 67) [Birds]
If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.
- Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep.68) [Cookery]
It is not, believe me, the act of a wise man to say, "I will live." To-morrow's life is too late; live to-day.
[Lat., Non est, crede mihi sapientis dicere "vivam."
Sera nimis vita est crastina, vive hodie.]
- Epigrams (I, 16, 11) [Life]
Some are good, some are middling, the most are bad.
[Lat., Sunt bona, sunt quaedam mediocria, sunt mala plura.]
- Epigrams (I, 17, 1) [Comparison]
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