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Among absent lovers, ardor always fares better.
Beauty is fading, nor is fortune stable; sooner or later death comes to all.
Do not unto another that which you would not he should do unto you.
Fickleness has always befriended the beautiful.
He will not carry his wealth to the waters of Acheron.
Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch sand. [Go not out of your depth.]
Our dress still varying, nor to forms confined,
Shifts like the sands, the sport of every wind.
That death is best which comes appropriately at a ripe age.
The eyes are the pioneers that first announce the soft tale of love.
To each man at his birth nature has given some fault.
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]