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Roman poet
(43 BC - c. 17 AD)
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Resist beginnings: it is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit.
  [Lat., Principiis obsta: sero medicina paratur,
    Cum mala per longas convaluere moras.]
      - Remedia Amoris (XCI) [Beginnings]

In time the bull is brought to wear the yoke.
  [Lat., Tempore ruricolae patiens fit taurus aratri.]
      - Tristia (4, 6, 1) [Education]

The least strength suffices to break what is bruised.
  [Lat., Minimae vires frangere quassa valent.]
      - Tristia (bk. III, 11, 22) [Strength]

I am a barbarian here, because I am not understood by anyone.
  [Lat., Barbarus his ego sum, quia non intelligor ulli.]
      - Tristia (bk. V, 10, 37) [Speech]

This also, that I live, I consider a gift of God.
  [Lat., Id quoque, quod vivam, munus habere die.]
      - Tristium (I, 1, 20) [Life]

The judge's duty is to inquire about the time, as well as the facts.
  [Lat., Judicis officium est ut res ita tempora rerum
      - Tristium (I, 1, 37) [Judges]

The dove, O hawk, that has once been wounded by thy talons, is frightened by the least movement of a wing.
  [Lat., Terretur minimo pennae stridore columba
    Unguibus, accipiter, saucia facta tuis.]
      - Tristium (I, 1, 75) [Fear]

Wherever you look there is nothing but the image of death.
  [Lat., Quocunque adspicias, nihil est nisi mortis imago.]
      - Tristium (I, 2, 23) [Death]

The deeds of men never escape the gods.
  [Lat., Acta deos nunquam mortalia fallunt.]
      - Tristium (I, 2, 97) [Deeds]

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
  [Lat., Scilicet ut fulvum spectatur in ignibus aurum
    Tempore in duro est inspicienda fides.]
      - Tristium (I, 5, 25) [Friendship]

The rest of the crowd were friends of my fortune, not of me.
  [Lat., Caetera fortunae, non mea, turba fuit.]
      - Tristium (I, 5, 34) [Friends]

As long as you are fortunate you will have many friends, but if times become cloudy you will be alone.
  [Lat., Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos;
    Tempora si fuerint nubila solus eris.]
      - Tristium (I, 9, 5) [Fortune]

Ants do no bend their ways to empty barns, so no friend will visit the place of departed wealth.
  [Lat., Horrea formicae tendunt ad inania nunquam
    Nullus ad amissas ibit amicus opes.]
      - Tristium (I, 9, 9) [Poverty]

All things can corrupt perverse minds.
  [Lat., Omnia perversas possunt corrumpere mentes.]
      - Tristium (II, 301) [Evil]

If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts.
  [Lat., Si quoties homines peccant sua fulmina mittat
    Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit.]
      - Tristium (II, 33) [Sin]

As God is propitiated by the blood of a hundred bulls, so also is he by the smallest offering of incense.
  [Lat., Sed tamen ut fuso taurorum sanguine centum,
    Sic capitur minimo thuris honore deux.]
      - Tristium (II, 75) [God]

In an easy cause any man may be eloquent.
  [Lat., In causa facili cuivis licet esse diserto.]
      - Tristium (III, 11, 21) [Eloquence]

He who has lived obscurely and quietly has lived well.
  [Lat., Bene qui latuit, bene vixit.]
      - Tristium (III, 4, 25) [Obscurity]

Every man should stay within his own fortune.
  [Lat., Intera fortunam quisque debet manere suam.]
      - Tristium (III, 4, 26) [Fortune]

May you live unenvied, and pass many pleasant years unknown to fame; and also have congenial friends.
  [Lat., Vive sine invidia, mollesque inglorius annos
    Exige; amicitias et tibi junge pares.]
      - Tristium (III, 4, 43) [Contentment]

If God be appeased, I can not be wretched.
  [Lat., Placato possum non miser esse deo.]
      - Tristium (III, 40) [Resignation]

Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers.
  [Lat., Vitiant artus aegrae contagia mentis.]
      - Tristium (III, 8, 25) [Disease]

It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears.
  [Lat., Est quaedam flete voluptas;
    Expletur lacyrmis egeriturque dolor.]
      - Tristium (IV, 3, 37) [Tears]

The mind is sicker than the sick body; in contemplation of its sufferings it becomes hopeless.
  [Lat., Corpore sed mens est aegro magis aegra; malique
    In circumspectu stat sine fine sui.]
      - Tristium (IV, 6, 43) [Mind]

Nothing is so high and above all danger that is not below and in the power of God.
  [Lat., Nihil ita sublime est, supraque pericula tendit
    Non sit ut inferius suppositumque deo.]
      - Tristium (IV, 8, 47) [God]

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