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SEXTUS AURELIUS PROPERTIUS
Roman (Umbrian) elegiac poet
(c. 50 BC)

Among absent lovers, ardor always fares better.
      - [Absence]

Beauty is fading, nor is fortune stable; sooner or later death comes to all.
      - [Death]

Do not unto another that which you would not he should do unto you.
      - [Proverbs]

Fickleness has always befriended the beautiful.
      - [Fickleness]

He will not carry his wealth to the waters of Acheron.
      - [Proverbs]

Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch sand. [Go not out of your depth.]
      - [Proverbs]

Our dress still varying, nor to forms confined,
  Shifts like the sands, the sport of every wind.
      - [Fashion]

That death is best which comes appropriately at a ripe age.
      - [Death]

The eyes are the pioneers that first announce the soft tale of love.
      - [Eyes]

To each man at his birth nature has given some fault.
      - [Proverbs]

Let us enjoy pleasure while we can; pleasure is never long enough.
  [Lat., Dum licet inter nos igitue laetemur amantes;
    Non satis est ullo tempore longus amor.]
      - Elegioe (I, 19, 25) [Pleasure]

Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough.
  [Lat., Quod si deficiant vires, audacia certe
    Laus erit: in magnis et voluisse sat est.]
      - Elegioe (II, 10, 5) [Failure]

Everybody in love is blind.
  [Lat., Scilicent insano nemo in amore videt.]
      - Elegioe (II, 14, 18) [Love]

Every form as nature made it is correct.
  [Lat., Ut natura dedit, sic omnis recta figura.]
      - Elegioe (II, 18, 25) [Nature]

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.
  [Lat., Absenti nemo ne nocuisse velit.]
      - Elegioe (II, 19, 32) [Absence]

My last confidence will be like my first.
  [Lat., Ultima talis erit quae mea prima fides.]
      - Elegioe (II, 20, 34) [Confidence]

Not only does the bull attack its foe with its crooked horns, but the injured sheep will fight its assailant.
  [Lat., Non solum taurus ferit uncis cornibus hostem,
    Verum etiam instanti laesa repugnat ovis.]
      - Elegioe (II, 5, 19) [Courage]

Time magnifies everything after death; a man's fame is increased as it passes from mouth to mouth after his burial.
  [Lat., Omnia post obitum fingit majora vetustas:
    Majus ab exsequiis nomen in ora venit.]
      - Elegioe (III, 1, 23) [Fame]

By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.
  [Lat., Auro pulsa fides. auro venalia jura,
    Aurum lex sequitur, mox sine lege pudor.]
      - Elegioe (III, 13, 48) [Bribery]

The honors of genius are eternal.
  [Lat., Ingenio stat sine morte decus.]
      - Elegioe (III, 2, 24) [Genius]

Every one follows the inclinations of his own nature.
  [Lat., Naturae sequitur semina quisque suae.]
      - Elegioe (III, 9, 20) [Nature]

I am climbing a difficult road; but the glory gives me strength.
      - Elegioe (IV, 10, 3) [Glory]

There is something beyond the grave; death does not put an end to everything the dark shade escapes from the consumed pile.
  [Lat., Sund aliquid Manes; letum non omnia finit.
    Luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos.]
      - Elegioe (IV, 7, 1) [Immortality]


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