Ovid Quotes

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Statue (1887) by Ettore Ferrari
commemorating Ovid’s exile in Tomis
(present-day Constanța, Romania)
Born Publius Ovidius Naso[a]
20 March 43 BC
Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
Died AD 17 or 18 (age 58–60)
Tomis, Scythia Minor, Roman Empire
Occupation Poet
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.
In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.
It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.
To feel our ills is one thing, but to cure them is another.
Little things please little minds.
He who says o'er much I love not is in love.
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
Envy aims very high.
What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.
Love and dignity cannot share the same abode.
There is a god within us.
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.
The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool.
Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.
Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers.
What is without periods of rest will not endure.
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.
Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.
Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
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.
Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs.
Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.
He whom all hate all wish to see destroyed.
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
The bold adventurer succeeds the best.
Time is generally the best doctor.
A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
Use the occasion, for it passes swiftly.
Fortune and love favor the brave.
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.
People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.
The cause is hidden; the effect is visible to all.
Often they benefit who suffer wrong.
Daring is not safe against daring men.
The heavier crop is ever in others' fields.
Tears at times have the weight of speech.
Give way to your opponent; thus will you gain the crown of victory.
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.
Against the bold, daring is unsafe.
The penalty may be removed, the crime is eternal.
Art lies by its own artifice.
Death is less bitter punishment than death's delay.
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.
Habits change into character.
What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
He who would not be idle, let him fall in love.
You can learn from anyone even your enemy.
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.

What is without periods of rest will not endure.
Time is the devourer of all things.
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.
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.
Love is a kind of warfare.
If you want to be loved, be lovable.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
He who can believe himself well, will be well.
The gods behold all righteous actions.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.
The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
Most safely shall you tread the middle path.
You will go most safely in the middle.
It is the poor man who'll ever count his flock.
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.
Time, the devourer of all things.
It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.
All things can corrupt when minds are prone to evil.
Time, motion and wine cause sleep.
Love is a credulous thing.
Love is full of anxious fears.
Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
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.
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.
Bear patiently with a rival.
If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.
In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.
Make the workmanship surpass the materials.
Let what is irksome become habitual, no more will it trouble you.
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.
All love is vanquished by a succeeding love.
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.
The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness.
The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.
Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them.
First appearance deceives many.
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 lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.
Everyone wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Beauty is a fragile gift.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.
Every lover is a soldier.
Neglect of appearance becomes men.
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.
Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
The prayers of cowards fortune spurns.
Venus favors the bold.
What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.
Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
An evil life is a kind of death.
What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.
Where belief is painful we are slow to believe.