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You will be melancholy, if you are solitary.
Thus does the white swan, as he lies on the wet grass, when the Fates summon him, sing at the fords of Maeander.
- ep. VII, (Riley's translation) [Swans]
We are all bound thither; we are hastening to the same common goal. Black death calls all things under the sway of its laws.
[Lat., Tendimus huc omnes; metam properamus ad unam. Omnia sub leges mors vocat atra suas.]
- Ad Liviam (359) [Death]
He fills his lifetime with deeds, not with inactive years.
[Lat., Actis aevum implet, non segnibus annis.]
- Ad Liviam (449) [Deeds]
Ah me! how easy it is (how much all have experienced it) to indulge in brave words in another person's trouble.
[Lat., Hei mihi, quam facile est (quamvis hic contigit omnes),
Alterius lucta fortia verba loqui!]
- Ad Liviam (9) [Words]
While I am speaking the hour flies.
[Lat., Dum loquor hora fugit.]
- Amorum (bk. I, 11, 15) [Time]
Let the crowd delight in things of no value; to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister full cups from the Castalian spring (the fountain of Parnassus).
[Lat., Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo
Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.]
- Amorum (bk. I, 15, 35),
motto on title page of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis"
Thus I am not able to exist either with you or without you; and I seem not to know my own wishes.
[Lat., Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum
Et videor voti nescius esse mei.]
- Amorum (bk. II, 10, 39) [Love]
Fool, what is sleep but the likeness of icy death? The fates shall give us a long period of rest.
[Lat., Stulte, quid est somnus, gelidae nisi mortis imago?
Longa quiescendi tempora fata dabunt.]
- Amorum (bk. II, 10, 40) [Sleep]
Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment.
[Lat., Di faciles, peccasse semel concedite tuto:
Id satis est. Peonam culpa secunda ferat.]
- Amorum (bk. II, 14, 43) [Sin]
The hunter follows things which flee from him; he leaves them when they are taken; and ever seeks for that which is beyond what he has found.
[Lat., Venator sequitur fugientia; capta relinquit;
Semper et inventis ulteriora petit.]
- Amorum (bk. II, 9, 9) [Future]
I would that you were either less beautiful, or less corrupt. Such perfect beauty does not suit such imperfect morals.
[Lat., Aut formosa fores minus, aut minus improba vellem.
Non facit ad mores tam bona forma malos.]
- Amorum (bk. III, 11, 41) [Beauty]
Here lies Tibullus; of all that he was there scarcely remains enough, to fill a small urn.
[Lat., Jacet ecce Tibullus;
Vix manet e toto parva quod urna capit.]
- Amorum (bk. III, 9, 39) [Epitaphs]
Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase.
[Lat., Gratia pro rebus merito debetur inemtis.]
- Amorum (I, 10, 43) [Gratitude]
Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.
[Lat., Pascitur in vivis livor; post fata quiescit.]
- Amorum (I, 15, 39) [Envy]
That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne.
[Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]
- Amorum (I, 2, 10) [Cheerfulness]
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
[Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]
- Amorum (I, 2, 10) [Courage]
Anger assists hands however weak.
[Lat., Quamlibet infirmas adjuvat ira manus.]
- Amorum (I, 7, 66) [Anger]
Deadly poisons are concealed under sweet honey.
[Lat., Impia sub dulci melle venena latent.]
- Amorum (I, 8, 104) [Deceit]
Time steals on and escapes us, like the swift river that glides on with rapid stream.
[Lat., Labitur occulte, fallitque volubilis aetas,
Ut celer admissis labitur amnis aquis.]
- Amorum (I, 8, 49) [Time]
Giving requires good sense.
[Lat., Rest est ingeniosa dare.]
- Amorum (I, 8, 62) [Gifts]
Every lover is a soldier. (Love is a warfare.)
[Lat., Militat omnis amans.]
- Amorum (I, 9, 1) [Love]
Let the man who does not wish to be idle, fall in love.
[Lat., Qui non vult fieri desidiosus, amet.]
- Amorum (I, 9, 46) [Love]
What is lawful is undesirable; what is unlawful is very attractive.
[Lat., Quod licet est ingratum quod non licet acrius urit.]
- Amorum (II, 19, 3) [Pleasure]
What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue.
[Lat., Quod sequitur, fugio; quod fugit, usque sequor.]
- Amorum (II, 19, 36) [Progress]
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