Statue (1887) by Ettore Ferrari
commemorating Ovid’s exile in Tomis
(present-day ConstanÈ›a, Romania)
|Born||Publius Ovidius Naso[a]
20 March 43 BC
Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
|Died||AD 17 or 18 (age 58â€“60)
Tomis, Scythia Minor, Roman Empire
|Genre||Elegy, epic, drama|
Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.
Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.
What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.
Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.
Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks.
We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.
There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.
Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.
The good of other times let people state; I think it lucky I was born so late.
What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.
Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality.
Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, 'I believe,' three times.
An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.
It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
Cunning leads to knavery. It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. Only lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.
No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.
Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength.
At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.