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OVID (PUBLIUS OVIDIUS NASO)
Roman poet
(43 BC - c. 17 AD)
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Every one wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.
  [Lat., Quem metuit quisque, perisse cupit.]
      - Amorum (II, 2, 10) [Fear]

Let those who have deserved their punishment, bear it patiently.
  [Lat., Aequo animo poenam, qui meruere, ferant.]
      - Amorum (II, 7, 12) [Punishment]

Thou fool, what is sleep but the image of death? Fate will give an eternal rest.
  [Lat., Stulte, quid est somnus, gelidae nisi mortis imago?
    Longa quiescendi tempora fata dabunt.]
      - Amorum (II, 9, 41) [Death]

Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.
  [Lat., Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.]
      - Amorum (III, 11, 7) [Patience : Suffering]

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.
  [Lat., Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata.]
      - Amorum (III, 4, 17) [Desire]

We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have.
  [Lat., Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque furem
    Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant.]
      - Amorum (III, 4, 25) [Covetousness]

He who has it in his power to commit sin, is less inclined to do so. The very idea of being able, weakens the desire.
  [Lat., Cui peccare licet peccat minus. Ipsa potestas
    Semina nequitiae languidiora facit.]
      - Amorum (III, 4, 9) [Sin]

They come to see, they come that they themselves may be seen.
  [Lat., Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipse.]
      - Ara Amatoria (99) [Appearance]

Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
  [Lat., Ut fragilis glacies interit ira mora.]
      - Ara Amatoria (I, 374) [Anger]

Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation.
  [Lat., Aere non certo corpora languor habet.]
      - Ara Amatoria (II, 310) [Disease]

We do not bear sweets; we are recruited by a bitter potion.
  [Lat., Dulcia non ferimus; succo renovamus amaro.]
      - Ara Amatoria (III, 583) [Medicine]

A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage.
  [Lat., Continua messe senescit ager.]
      - Are Amatoria (III, 82) [Agriculture]

Wine stimulates the mind and makes it quick with heat; care flees and is dissolved in much drink.
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 237)
        [Wine and Spirits]

Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
  [Lat., Aut non tentaris, aut perfice.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 389) [Success]

In time the unmanageable young oxen come to the plough; in time the horses are taught to endure the restraining bit.
  [Lat., Tempore difficiles veniunt ad aratra juvenci;
    Tempore lenta pati frena docentur equi.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 471) [Time]

The iron ring is worn out by constant use.
  [Lat., Ferreus assiduo consumitur anulus usu.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 473) [Action]

Often a silent face has voice and words.
  [Lat., Saepe tacens vocem verbaque vultus habet.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 574) [Face : Proverbs]

Fortune and love favour the brave.
  [Lat., Audentum Forsque Venusque juvant.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 608) [Bravery]

Jupiter from on high laughs at the perjuries of lovers.
  [Lat., Jupiter ex alto perjuria ridet amantum.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 633) [Love]

Treat a thousand dispositions in a thousand ways.
  [Lat., Mille animos excipe mille modis.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, 756) [Variety]

He who holds the hook is aware in what waters many fish are swimming.
  [Lat., Qui sustinet hamos,
    Novit, quae multo pisce natentur aquae.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, l. 47) [Fishermen]

It is expedient there should be gods, and as it is expedient, let us believe them to exist.
  [Lat., Expedit esse deos: et, ut expedit, esse putemus.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. I, l. 637) [Gods]

Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured.
  [Lat., Aurea nunc vere sunt saecula; plurimus auto
    Venit honos; auro concilatur amor.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. II, 277) [Gold]

Alluring pleasure is said to have softened the savage dispositions (of early mankind).
  [Lat., Blanda truces animos fertur mollisse voluptas.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. II, 477) [Pleasure]

Slight is the merit of keeping silence on a matter, on the other hand serious is the guilt of talking on things whereon we should be silent.
  [Lat., Exigua est virtus praestare silentia rebus;
    At contra, gravis est culpa tacenda loqui.]
      - Ars Amatoria (bk. II, 603) [Silence]


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