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OVID (PUBLIUS OVIDIUS NASO)
Roman poet
(43 BC - c. 17 AD)
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Good-bye to the lies of the poets.
  [Lat., Valeant mendacia vatum.]
      - Fasti (VI, 253) [Poets]

Time, motion and wine cause sleep.
  [Lat., Alliciunt somnos tempus motusque merumque.]
      - Fasti (VI, 681) [Sleep]

Time glides by and we grow old with the silent years; and the days flee away with no restraining curb.
  [Lat., Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis;
    Et fugiunt fraeno non remorante dies.]
      - Fasti (VI, 771) [Time]

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
  [Lat., Leniter ex merito quidquid patiare ferendum est,
    Quae venit indigne poena dolenda venit.]
      - Heriodes (V, 7) [Suffering]

Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious.
  [Lat., Acceptissima semper munera sunt auctor quae pretiosa facit.]
      - Heriodes (XVII, 71) [Gifts]

Truly it is allowed us to weep: by weeping we disperse our wrath; and tears go through the heart, even like a stream.
  [Lat., Flere licet certe: flendo diffundimus iram:
    Perque sinum lacrimae, fluminis instar enim.]
      - Heroides (8, 61) [Tears]

Love is a thing full of anxious fears.
  [Lat., Res est soliciti plena timoris amor.]
      - Heroides (I, 12) [Love]

We are slow to believe what if believed would hurt our feelings.
  [Lat., Tarde quae credita laedunt credimus.]
      - Heroides (II, 9) [Belief]

It is not safe to despise what Love commands. He reigns supreme, and rules the mighty gods.
  [Lat., Quicquid Amor jussit non est contemnere tutum.
    Regnat, et in dominos jus habet ille deos.]
      - Heroides (IV, 11) [Love]

Where crime is taught from early years, it becomes a part of nature.
  [Lat., Ars fit ubi a teneris crimen condiscitur annis.]
      - Heroides (IV, 25) [Crime]

Thou beginnest better than thou endest.
  The last is inferior to the first.
    [Lat., Coepisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.]
      - Heroides (IX, 23) [Beginnings]

How different from the present man was the youth of earlier days!
  [Lat., Dissimiles hic vir, et ille puer.]
      - Heroides (IX, 24) [Youth]

If thou wouldst marry wisely, marry thine equal.
  [Lat., Si qua voles apte nubere, nube pari.]
      - Heroides (IX, 32) [Matrimony]

May his bones rest gently.
  [Lat., Molliter ossa cubent.]
      - Heroides (VII, 162) [Epitaphs]

Every delay that postpones our joys, is long.
  [Lat., Longa mora est nobis omnis, quae gaudia differt.]
      - Heroides (XIX, 3) [Delay]

Pursuits become habits.
  [Lat., Abeunt studia in mores.]
      - Heroides (XV, 83) [Habit]

Knowest thou not that kings have long hands?
  [Lat., An nescis longos regibus esse manus?]
      - Heroides (XVII, 166) [Royalty]

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
  [Lat., Et res non semper, spes mihi semper adest.]
      - Heroides (XVIII, 178) [Hope]

The deed I intend is great,
  But what, as yet, I know not.
      - Metamorphoses, (Sandy's translation)
        [Deeds]

Either you pursue or push, O Sisyphus, the stone destined to keep rolling.
  [Lat., Aut petis aut urgues ruiturum, Sisyphe, saxum.]
      - Metamorphoses (4, 459) [Action]

I am not ashamed that these reproaches can be cast upon us, and that they can not be repelled.
  [Lat., Pudet haec opprobria nobis
    Et dici potuisse et non potuisse repelli.]
      - Metamorphoses (bk. I, 758) [Shame]

Suppose the chariot of the sun were given you, what would you do?
  [Lat., Finge datos currus, quid agas?]
      - Metamorphoses (bk. II, 74),
        (Apollo's question to Phaeton) [Sun]

Safety lies in the middle course.
  [Lat., Medio tutissimus ibis.]
      - Metamorphoses (bk. II, l. 136)
        [Moderation]

Before he is dead and buried no one ought to be called happy.
  [Lat., Dicique beatus
    Ante obitum nemo supremaque funera debet.]
      - Metamorphoses (bk. III, 136) [Happiness]

The god we now behold with opened eyes,
  A herd of spotted panthers round him lies
    In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread
      On his fair brows, and dangle on his head.
      - Metamorphoses (bk. III, l. 789),
        (Addison's translation) [Gods]


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