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Spanish epigrammatic poet
(c. 43 - 104)
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Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.
  [Lat., Cineri gloria sera est.]
      - Epigrams (I, 26, 8) [Glory]

I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; I can only say this, "I do not love thee."
  [Lat., Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare;
    Hoc tantum posse dicere: non amo te.]
      - Epigrams (I, 33, 1) [Love]

She grieves sincerely who grieves unseen.
  [Lat., Illa dolet vere qui sine teste dolet.]
      - Epigrams (I, 34, 4) [Grief]

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
  [Lat., Nolo virum facili redimit qui sanquine famam;
    Hunc volo laudari qui sine morte potest.]
      - Epigrams (I, 9, 5) [Fame]

Service cannot be expected from a friend in service; let him be a freeman who wishes to be my master.
  [Lat., Non bene, crede mihi, servo servitur amico;
    Sit liber, dominus qui volet esse meus.]
      - Epigrams (II, 32, 7) [Freedom]

Be merry if you are wise.
  [Lat., Ride si sapis.]
      - Epigrams (II, 41, 1) [Merriment]

This I ask, is it not madness to kill thyself in order to escape death?
  [Lat., Hic rogo non furor est ne moriare mori?]
      - Epigrams (II, 80, 2) [Death]

He does not write those verses no one reads.
  [Lat., Non scribit, cujus carmina nemo legit.]
      - Epigrams (III, 9, 2) [Poets]

I know all that better than my own name.
  [Lat., Et teneo melius ista quam meum nomen.]
      - Epigrams (IV, 37, 7) [Knowledge]

From no place can you exclude the fates.
  [Lat., Nullo fata loco possis excludere.]
      - Epigrams (IV, 60, 5) [Fate]

If fame comes after death, I am in no hurry for it.
  [Lat., Si post fata venit gloria non propero.]
      - Epigrams (V, 10, 12) [Fame]

Such are thou and I: but what I am thou canst not be; what thou art any one of the multitude may be.
  [Lat., Hoc ego, tuque sumus: set quod sum, non potes esse:
    Tu quod es, e populo quilibet esse potest.]
      - Epigrams (V, 13, 9) [Comparison]

Thou art the cause, O reader, of my dwelling on lighter topics, when I would rather handle serious ones.
  [Lat., Seria cum possim, quod delectantia malim
    Scribere, tu causa es lector.]
      - Epigrams (V, 16, 1) [Reading]

Who gives to friends so much from Fate secures,
  That is the only wealth for ever yours.
    [Lat., Extra fortunam est, quidquid donatur amicis;
      Quas dederis, selas semper habebis opes.]
      - Epigrams (V, 42) [Possession]

To-morrow I will live, the fool does say;
  To-day itself's too late, the wise lived yesterday.
    [Lat., Cras vives; hodie jam vivere, Postume, serum est.
      - Epigrams (V, 58), (Cowley's translation)

Whoever makes great presents, expects great presents in return.
  [Lat., Quisquis magna dedit, voluit sibi magna remitti.]
      - Epigrams (V, 59, 3) [Gifts]

A good man doubles the length of his existence; to have lived so as to look back with pleasure on our past existence is to live twice.
  [Lat., Ampliat aetatis spatium sibi vir bonus: hoc est vivere bis, vita posse priore frui.]
      - Epigrams (X, 23, 7) [Life]

To have nothing is not poverty.
  [Lat., Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.]
      - Epigrams (XI, 32, 8) [Poverty : Proverbs]

In adversity it is easy to despise life; he is truly brave who can endure a wretched life.
  [Lat., Rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam;
    Fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest.]
      - Epigrams (XI, 56, 15) [Bravery]

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
  [Lat., Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.]
      - Epigrams (XII, 10, 2) [Fortune : Proverbs]

An honest man is always a child.
  [Lat., Semper bonus homo tiro est.]
      - Epigrams (XII, 51, 2) [Honesty]

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