Ovid

Ovid

Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. 

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The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness.

Love and dignity cannot share the same abode.

The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.

You will go most safely in the middle.

Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.

Tears at times have the weight of speech.

We are ever striving after what is forbidden and coveting what is denied us.

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.

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.

It is convenient that there be gods and as it is convenient let us believe there are.

Let what is irksome become habitual no more will it trouble you.

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.

Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.

Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body as water is corrupted unless it moves.

Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness but when the pain is unmerited the grief is resistless.

Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it will be fish.

What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.

The heavier crop is ever in others' fields.

He who can believe himself well will be well.

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