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PERSIUS (AULUS PERSIUS FLACCUS)
Etrurian satirical poet
(34 - 62)
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It is pleasing to be pointed at with the finger and to have it said, "There goes the man."
  [Lat., At pulchrum est digito monstrari et dicier his est.]
      - Satires (I, 28) [Fame]

Over their cups.
  [Lat., Inter pocula.]
      - Satires (I, 30) [Drinking]

Lives there the man with soul so dead as to disown the wish to merit the people's applause, and having uttered words worthy to be kept in cedar oil to latest times, to leave behind him rhymes that dread neither herrings nor frankincense.
  [Lat., An erit, qui velle recuset
    Os populi meruisse? et cedro digna locutus
      Linquere, nec scombros metuentia carmina nec thus.]
      - Satires (I, 41) [Poetry]

To be pointed out with the finger.
      - Satires (I, l. 28) [Reputation]

Thou art moist and soft clay; thou must instantly be shaped by the glowing wheel.
  [Lat., Udum et molle lutum es: nunc, nunc properandus et acri
    Fingendus sine fine rota.]
      - Satires (III, 23) [Character]

I know you even under the skin.
  [Lat., Ego te intus et in cute novi.]
      - Satires (III, 30) [Knowledge]

Let them (the wicked) see the beauty of virtue, and pine at having forsaken her.
  [Lat., Virtutem videant, intabescantque relicta.]
      - Satires (III, 38) [Virtue]

That no one, no one at all, should try to search into himself! But the wallet of the person in front is carefully kept in view.
  [Lat., Ut nemo in sese tentat descendere, nemo!
    Sed praecedenti spectatur mantica tergo.]
      - Satires (IV, 24) [Faults]

Retire within thyself, and thou will discover how small a stock is there.
  [Lat., Tecum habita, et noris quam sit tibi curta supellex.]
      - Satires (IV, 52) [Character]

Though thy face is glossed with specious art thou retainest the cunning fox beneath thy vapid breast.
  [Lat., Fronte politus
    Astutam vapido servas sub pectore vulpem.]
      - Satires (V, 116) [Deceit]

Confined to common life thy numbers flow,
  And neither soar too high nor sink too low;
    There strength and ease in graceful union meet,
      Though polished, subtle, and though poignant, sweet;
        Yet powerful to abash the from of crime
          And crimson error's cheek with sportive rhyme.
            [Lat., Verba togae sequeris, junctura callidus acri,
              Ore teres modico, pallentes radere mores
                Doctus, et ingenuo culpam defigere ludo.]
      - Satires (V, 14), (Gifford's translation)
        [Poetry]

Fit to give weight to smoke.
  [Lat., Dare pondus idonea fumo.]
      - Satires (V, 20) [Fire]

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
  [Lat., Velle suuum cuique est, nec voto vivitur uno.]
      - Satires (V, 53) [Desire]

When another day has arrived, we will find that we have consumed our yesterday's to-morrow; another morrow will urge on our years, and still be a little beyond us.
  [Lat., Cum altera lux venit
    Jam cras hesternum consumpsimus; ecce aliud cras
      Egerit hos annos, et semper paulum erit ultra.]
      - Satires (V, 67) [Tomorrow]

Why, like the hindmost chariot wheels, art curst
  Still to be near but ne'er to reach the first.
    [Lat., Nam quamvis prope to, quamvis temone sub uno
      Verentem sese, frustra sectabere cantum
        Cum rota posterior curras et in axe secundo.]
      - Satires (V, 71),
        (Dryden's translation) one of the mottoes of the "Spectator", "Tatler", "Guardian"
        [Failure]

Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?
  [Lat., An quisquam est alius liber, nisi ducere vitam
    Cui licet, ut voluit?]
      - Satires (V, 83) [Freedom]

O natal star, thou producest twins of widely different character.
  [Lat., Geminos, horoscope, varo Producis genio.]
      - Satires (VI, 18) [Fate]

The belly is the teacher of art and the bestower of genius.
  [Lat., Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter.]
      - Satires--Prologue (X) [Hunger]

He attempts to use language which he does not know.
  [Lat., Negatas artifex sequi voces.]
      - Satires--Prologue (XI) [Linguists]


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