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The mind that's conscious of its rectitude,
Laughs at the lies of rumor. -- Ovid
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She made up prayers and said them,
Worshipping unknown gods with unknown singing,
Her customary magic, which would cover
The white moon's face and darken the sun with cloud. -- Ovid
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That's one of the greatest curses ever inflicted on the human race, memory. -- Ovid
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Neglect of appearance becomes men. -- Ovid
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Hate I shall, if I can; if I can't, I shall love though not willing. -- Ovid
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Few love what they may have. -- Ovid
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What we call birth
Is but a beginning to be something else
Than what we were before; and when we cease
To be that something, then we call it death. -- Ovid
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your fate is mortal: what you ask for isn't. -- Ovid
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Mad desire, when it has the most, longs for more -- Ovid
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Heavens! what thick darkness pervades the minds of men.
[Lat., Pro superi! quantum mortalia pectora caecae,
Noctis habent.] -- Ovid
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All love is vanquished by a succeeding love. -- Ovid
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By looking at squinting people you learn to squint. -- Ovid
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Time glides away and as we get older through the noiseless years; the days flee and are restrained by no reign. -- Ovid
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Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks. -- Ovid
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In war the olive branch of peace is of use.
[Lat., Adjuvat in bello pacatae ramus olivae.] -- Ovid
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Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts. -- Ovid
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Barbarus hic ego sum, quia non intelligor illis.
(In this place I am a barbarian, because men do not understand me.) -- Ovid
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There are as many characters in men
As there are shapes in nature. -- Ovid
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All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins. -- Ovid
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The mind grows sicker than the body in contemplation of it's suffering. -- Ovid
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Everyone is desirous of his own pursuits, and loves
To spend his time in his accustomed art. -- Ovid
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We are all bound thither; we are hastening to the same common goal. Black death calls all things under the sway of its laws.
[Lat., Tendimus huc omnes; metam properamus ad unam. Omnia sub leges mors vocat atra suas.] -- Ovid
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Skilled in every trick, a worthy heir of his paternal craft, he would make black look like white, and white look black.
[Lat., Furtum ingeniosus ad omne,
Qui facere assueret, patriae non degener artis,
Candida de nigris, et de candentibus atra.] -- Ovid
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The wounded limb shrinks from the slightest touch; and a slight shadow alarms the nervous.
[Lat., Membra reformidant mollem quoque saucia tactum:
Vanaque sollicitis incutit umbra metum.] -- Ovid
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Truly it is allowed us to weep: by weeping we disperse our wrath; and tears go through the heart, even like a stream.
[Lat., Flere licet certe: flendo diffundimus iram:
Perque sinum lacrimae, fluminis instar enim.] -- Ovid
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Nothing is so high and above all danger that is not below and in the power of God.
[Lat., Nihil ita sublime est, supraque pericula tendit
Non sit ut inferius suppositumque deo.] -- Ovid
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Wine, not too much, inspires and make the mind,to the soft joys of Venus strong inclined,which, buried in excess, unapt to love,stupidly lies and knows not hom to move -- Ovid
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An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand. -- Ovid
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Tis not always in a physician's power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. -- Ovid
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I have never injured anybody with a mordant poem; my
verse contains charges against nobody. Ingenuous, I have
shunned wit steeped in venom
not a letter of mine is dipped
in poisonous jest. -- Ovid
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Should anyone here in Rome lack finesse at love-making,
Let him
Try me - read my book, and the results are guaranteed!
Technique is the secret. Charioteer, sailor, oarsman,
All need it.
Technique can control
Love himself. -- Ovid
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If thou wishest to put an end to love, attend to business (love yields to employment); then thou wilt be safe.
[Lat., Qui finem quaeris amoris,
(Cedit amor rebus) res age; tutus eris.] -- Ovid
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Bear patiently with a rival. -- Ovid
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Hastiness is the beginning of wrath, and its end repentance. -- Ovid
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Time itself flows on with constant motion, just like a river: for no more than a river can the fleeting hour stand still. As wave is driven on by wave, and, itself pursued, pursues the one before, so the moments of time at once flee and follow, and are ever new. -- Ovid
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The mightiest rivers lose their force when split up into several streams. -- Ovid
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As God is propitiated by the blood of a hundred bulls, so also is he by the smallest offering of incense.
[Lat., Sed tamen ut fuso taurorum sanguine centum,
Sic capitur minimo thuris honore deux.] -- Ovid
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Sleep, thou repose of all things; sleep, thou gentlest of the deities; thou peace of the mind, from which care flies; who doest soothe the hearts of men wearied with the toils of the day, and refittest them for labor. -- Ovid
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Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs. -- Ovid
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Ere land and sea and the all-covering sky Were made, in the whole world the countenance Of nature was the same, all one, well named Chaos, a raw and undivided mass, Naught but a lifeless bulk, with warring seeds Of ill-joined elements compressed together. -- Ovid
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Grief is put to flight and assuaged by generous draughts. -- Ovid
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There is no small pleasure in pure water. -- Ovid
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Fools laugh at the Latin language. -Rident stolidi verba Latina -- Ovid
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Tempore difficiles veniunt ad aratra juvenci;
Tempore lenta pati frena docentur equi.
In time the unmanageable young oxen come to the plough; in time the horses are taught to endure the restraining bit. -- Ovid
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Poetry comes fine spun from a mind at peace. -- Ovid
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There is a god within us, and the heavens
Have intercourse with earth; from realms above
That spirit comes. -- Ovid
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Destroy our leisure and you break love's bow. -- Ovid
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You will hardly conquer, but conquer you must.
[Lat., Male vincetis, sed vincite.] -- Ovid
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Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name. -- Ovid
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Pursuits become habits.
[Lat., Abeunt studia in mores.] -- Ovid
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Love and dignity do not dwell together. -- Ovid
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Give me the waters of Lethe that numb the heart, if they exist, I will still not have the power to forget you. -- Ovid
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Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair. -- Ovid
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Majesty and love do not well agree, nor do they live together. -- Ovid
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Women's words are as light as the doomed leaves whirling in autumn, Easily swept by the wind, easily drowned by the wave. -- Ovid
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Imperceptibly the hours glide on, and beguile us as they pass. -- Ovid
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When a house is tottering to its fall,
The strain lies heaviest on the weakest part,
One tiny crack throughout the structure spreads,
And its own weight soon brings it toppling down. -- Ovid
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Money nowadays is money; money brings office; money gains friends; everywhere the poor man is down.
[Lat., In pretio pretium nunc est; dat census honores,
Census amicitias; pauper ubique jacet.] -- Ovid
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Often a silent face has voice and words. -- Ovid
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The rose is often found near the nettle. -- Ovid
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Every lover is a soldier. -- Ovid
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Every lover is a soldier. (Love is a warfare.)
[Lat., Militat omnis amans.] -- Ovid
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A soldier when aged is not appreciated; the love of an old man sickens. -- Ovid
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Courage conquers all things. -- Ovid
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Courage conquers all things:
it even gives strength to the body. -- Ovid
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Sleep, rest of nature, O sleep, most gentle of the divinities, peace of the soul, thou at whose presence care disappears, who soothest hearts wearied with daily employments, and makest them strong again for labour! -- Ovid
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This also, that I live, I consider a gift of God. -- Ovid
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I shall speak facts; but some will say I deal in fiction. -- Ovid
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If you would conquer Love, he must be fought
At his first onslaught; sprinkle but a drop
Of water, the new-kindled flame expires. -- Ovid
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Idleness ruins the constitution -- Ovid
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Let those who have deserved their punishment, bear it patiently.
[Lat., Aequo animo poenam, qui meruere, ferant.] -- Ovid
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Ah me! how easy it is (how much all have experienced it) to indulge in brave words in another person's trouble.
[Lat., Hei mihi, quam facile est (quamvis hic contigit omnes),
Alterius lucta fortia verba loqui!] -- Ovid
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Beauty is heaven's gift, and how few can boast of beauty. -- Ovid
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While I am speaking the opportunity is lost. -- Ovid
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The poet's labors are a work of joy, and require peace of mind. -- Ovid
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Some people think that because they do the opposite of what they are asked to do, they have initiative -- Ovid
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Love is no assignment for cowards. -- Ovid
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Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas" - "Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses -- Ovid
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Either you pursue or push, O Sisyphus, the stone destined to keep rolling.
[Lat., Aut petis aut urgues ruiturum, Sisyphe, saxum.] -- Ovid
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Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned. -- Ovid
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Pride is innate in beauty, and haughtiness is the companion of the fair. -- Ovid
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In the make-up of human beings, intelligence counts for more than our hands, and that is our true strength. -- Ovid
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If the subject's easy we may all be wise;
What stands unfirm, the smallest force overthrows. -- Ovid
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We need to accept the strangeness of things as they are. -- Ovid
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Make the workmanship surpass the materials. -- Ovid
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Love is a thing full of anxious fears. -- Ovid
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Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast. -- Ovid
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119. Let your hook be always cast in the pond. when you least expect it, there will be fish. -- Ovid
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Art lies by its own artifice. -- Ovid
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Alas! How difficult it is to prevent the countenance from betraying guilt! -- Ovid
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My intention is to tell of bodies changed into new forms. -- Ovid
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How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man. -- Ovid
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The pleasure that is granted to me from a sense of duty ceases to be a pleasure at all. -- Ovid
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He is a foolish swimmer who swims against the stream, when he might take the current sideways. -- Ovid
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Tis base to plead the unhappy prisoner's cause,
With eloquence that's bought. -- Ovid
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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. -- Ovid
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The mind is sicker than the sick body; in contemplation of its sufferings it becomes hopeless.
[Lat., Corpore sed mens est aegro magis aegra; malique
In circumspectu stat sine fine sui.] -- Ovid
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Against the bold, daring is unsafe. -- Ovid
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Our native land charms us with inexpressible sweetness, and never, never allows us to forget that we belong to it. -- Ovid
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There is no useful thing which may not be turned to an injurious purpose. -- Ovid
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If it were in my power, I would be wiser; but a newly felt power carries me off in spite of myself; love leads me one way, my understanding another. -- Ovid
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Love is born of idleness and, once born, by idleness is fostered. -- Ovid
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A pleasing countenance is no slight disadvantage.
[Lat., Auxilium non leve vultus habet.] -- Ovid
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The wounded gladiator forswears all fighting, but soon forgetting his former wound resumes his arms. -- Ovid
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I prate of ancient poets' monstrous lies,
Ne'er seen or now or then by human eyes. -- Ovid
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All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement. -- Ovid
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It is some alleviation to ills we cannot cure to speak of them. -- Ovid
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Every woman thinks herself attractive; even the plainest is satisfied with the charms she deems that she possesses. -- Ovid
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Sleep, nature's rest, divine tranquility, That brings peace to the mind ... -- Ovid
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There is a God within us and intercourse with heaven.
[Lat., Est deus in nobis; et sunt commercia coeli.] -- Ovid
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I would that you were either less beautiful, or less corrupt. Such perfect beauty does not suit such imperfect morals.
[Lat., Aut formosa fores minus, aut minus improba vellem.
Non facit ad mores tam bona forma malos.] -- Ovid
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My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes: may
the song I sing be seamless as its way
weaves from the world's beginning to our day. -- Ovid
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Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured. -- Ovid
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Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together. -- Ovid
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Now I am ready to tell how bodies are changed
Into different bodies. -- Ovid
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All other creatures look down toward the earth, but man was given a face so that might turn his eyes toward the stars and his gaze upon the sky. -- Ovid
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Love is full of anxious fears. -- Ovid
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He lives well who lives retired, and keeps
His wants within the limits of his means. -- Ovid
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Only begin, and you will become eloquent of yourself. -- Ovid
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There is a divinity within our breast. -- Ovid
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Only the mind cannot be sent into exile. -- Ovid
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I am an exile; but it is the fault that pains;
The punishment is nought; that it is deserved
Is all the pain. -- Ovid
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It's a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes. -- Ovid
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Our native soil draws all of us, by I know not what sweetness, and never allows us to forget. -- Ovid
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It is not safe to despise what Love commands. He reigns supreme, and rules the mighty gods. -- Ovid
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You start in April and cross to the time of May
One has you as it leaves, one as it comes
Since the edges of these months are yours and defer
To you, either of them suits your praises.
The Circus continues and the theatre's lauded palm,
Let this song, too, join the Circus spectacle. -- Ovid
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Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it. -- Ovid
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Whether they yield or refuse, it delights women to have been asked. -- Ovid
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Passion persuades me one way, reason another. I see the better and approve it, but I follow the worse. -- Ovid
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Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by. -- Ovid
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In your judgment virtue requires no reward, and is to be sought for itself, unaccompanied by external benefits.
[Lat., Judice te mercede caret, per seque petenda est
Externis virtus incomitata bonis.] -- Ovid
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Friendship is but a name; fidelity but an empty name. -- Ovid
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If God be my friend, I cannot be wretched. -- Ovid
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That, which has not its alternation of rest, will not last long. -- Ovid
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Man's last day must ever be awaited and none to be
counted happy until his death, until his last funeral rites
are paid. -- Ovid
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Man looks aloft, and with erected eyes Beholds his hereditary skies. -- Ovid
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The burden which is well borne becomes light. -- Ovid
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All things can corrupt when minds are prone to evil. -- Ovid
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Time, the devourer of all things. -- Ovid
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There is something in omens. -- Ovid
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By yielding you may obtain victory -- Ovid
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As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, for ever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed. -- Ovid
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When the lightning strikes but one, not one only does it terrify. -- Ovid
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For this reason, if you believe proverbs, let me tell you the common one: It is unlucky to marry in May. -- Ovid
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If Jupiter should hurl a bolt whenever men sin,
His armory would quickly be empty. -- Ovid
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It is a kingly act to help the fallen. -- Ovid
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It is the act of a coward to wish for death. -- Ovid
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If you give up your quiet life, the bow of Cupid will lose its power. -- Ovid
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A wealthy traveller fears an ambush, while one with empty pockets journeys on in safety. -- Ovid
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You can learn from anyone even your enemy. -- Ovid
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We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us. -- Ovid
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We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us. -- Ovid
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Dear to the heart of a girl is her own beauty and charm. -- Ovid
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Rest strengthens the body, the mind too is thus supported; but unremitting toil destroys both. -- Ovid
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Writings survive the years; it is by writings that you know Agamemnon, and those who fought for or against him.
[Lat., Scripta ferunt annos; scriptis Agamemnona nosti,
Et quisquis contra vel simul arma tulit.] -- Ovid
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Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
[Lat., Factis ignoscite nostris
Si scelus ingenio scitis abesse meo.] -- Ovid
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When the roses are gone, nothing is left but the thorn. -- Ovid
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To have properly studied the liberal sciences gives a polish to our manners, and removes all awkwardness. -- Ovid
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Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. -- Ovid
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The iron ring is worn out by constant use.
[Lat., Ferreus assiduo consumitur anulus usu.] -- Ovid
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You who seek an end of love, love yields to business: be busy, and you will be safe. -- Ovid
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Not for any one man's delight has Nature made
the sun, the wind, the waters; all are free. -- Ovid
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It is something to hold the scepter with a firm hand.
[Lat., Est aliquid valida sceptra tenere manu.] -- Ovid
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Let what is irksome become habitual, no more will it trouble you. -- Ovid
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Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts. -- Ovid
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The act is judged of by the event. -- Ovid
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Face troubles from their birth, for 'tis too late to cure
When long delay has given the evil strength.
Haste then; postpone not to the coming hour: tomorrow
He'll be less ready who's not ready now. -- Ovid
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Tears at times have the weight of speech. -- Ovid
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Spare the soul that feels a deadly wound. -- Ovid
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I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words. -- Ovid
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And he sets his mind to unknown arts -- Ovid
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Our advantages fly away without aid. Pluck the flower.
[Lat., Nostra sine auxilio fugiunt bona. Carpite florem.] -- Ovid
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And now I have finished the work, which neither the wrath of Jove, nor fire, nor the sword, nor devouring age shall be able to destroy. -- Ovid
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The spirits run riot in youth. -- Ovid
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The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse.
[Lat., Fortuna miserrima tuta est:
Nam timor eventus deterioris abest.] -- Ovid
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the gods are created by poets" --Ovid -- Ovid
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Grief brims itself and flows away in tears. -- Ovid
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Pedigree and ancestry and what we ourselves have not achieved, I scarcely recognize as our own. -- Ovid
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Tempus edax rerum.
Time that devours all things. -- Ovid
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Sleep, rest of things, O pleasing Deity, Peace of the soul, which cares dost crucify, Weary bodies refresh and mollify. -- Ovid
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Change is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast.
In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish. -- Ovid
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Only she is chaste whom none has invited -- Ovid
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Out of many things a great heap will be formed.
[Lat., De multis grandis acervus erit.] -- Ovid
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Heaven rewards the pious; those who cherish the gods
Themselves are cherished. -- Ovid
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A light breath fans the flame, a violent gust extinguishes it. -- Ovid
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We must improve our time; time goes with rapid foot. -- Ovid
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Gold will buy the highest honours; and gold will purchase love. -- Ovid
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Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation. -- Ovid
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Haste is productive of injury, and so is too much hesitation. He is the wisest man who does everything at the proper time. -- Ovid
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Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious.
[Lat., Acceptissima semper munera sunt auctor quae pretiosa facit.] -- Ovid
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Darkness makes any woman fair. -- Ovid
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What is without periods of rest will not endure. -- Ovid
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The gods see the deeds of the righteous.
[Lat., Di pia facta vident.] -- Ovid
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She who resists as though she would not win,
By her own treason falls an easy prey. -- Ovid
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Suppressed pain chokes us; in our breasts
It surges, adding ever to its strength. -- Ovid
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Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let your hood be ever hanging ready. The fish will be in the pool where you least imagine it to be. -- Ovid
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I am above being injured by fortune, though she steals away much, more will remain with me. The blessing I now enjoy transcend fear. -- Ovid
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The gods favor the bold. -- Ovid
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Love fed fat soon turns to boredom. -- Ovid
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The need has gone; the memorial thereof remains. -- Ovid
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Though the strength is lacking, yet the willingness is commendable. -- Ovid
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There is nothing in the whole world which abides. All things are in a state of ebb and flow, and every shadow passes away. Even time itself, like a river, is constantly gliding away . -- Ovid
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Those dreams are true which we have in the morning, as the lamp begins to flicker.
[Lat., Namque sub Aurora jam dormitante lucerna
Sommia quo cerni tempore vera solent.] -- Ovid
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Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many. -- Ovid
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A woman is always buying something. -- Ovid
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Love that is fed by jealousy dies hard. -- Ovid
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Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these. -- Ovid
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Let ancient times delight other folk, I rejoice that I was not born till now. -- Ovid
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A gift in time of need is most acceptable. -- Ovid
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Death is not grievous to me, for I shall lay aside my pains by death.
[Lat., Nec mihi mors gravis est posituro morte dolores.] -- Ovid
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Envy, slothful vice,
Never makes its way in lofty characters,
But, like the skulking viper, creeps and crawls
Close to the ground. -- Ovid
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Lente, lente currite, noctis equi. Translation: Run slowly, slowly, horses of the night. -- Ovid
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The raven once in snowy plumes was drest,
White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast,
Fair as the guardian of the Capitol,
Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl
His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite
To sooty blackness from the purest white. -- Ovid
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Tempus edax rerum. Time the devourer of everything. -- Ovid
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Concealed sorrow bursts the heart, and rages within us as an internal fire. -- Ovid
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Great is the strife between beauty and modesty. -- Ovid
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The workmanship was better than the subject matter. -- Ovid
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I could not possibly count the gold-digging ruses of women, Not if I had ten mouths, not if I had ten tongues. -- Ovid
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I can't live without you or with you. -- Ovid
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Either attempt it not, or succeed. -- Ovid
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Tis on the living Envy feeds. She silent grows
When, after death, man's honor is his guard.
So I, when on the pyre consumed I lie,
Shall live, for all that's noblest will survive. -- Ovid
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Ants do no bend their ways to empty barns, so no friend will visit the place of departed wealth.
[Lat., Horrea formicae tendunt ad inania nunquam
Nullus ad amissas ibit amicus opes.] -- Ovid
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They come to see, they come that they themselves may be seen.
[Lat., Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipse.] -- Ovid
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Man should ever look to his last day, and no one should be called happy before his funeral.
[Lat., Ultima semper
Expectanda dies homini est, dicique beatus
Ante obitum nemo et suprema funera debet.] -- Ovid
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You will be melancholy, if you are solitary. -- Ovid
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Simplicity, very rare in our age. -- Ovid
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Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. -- Ovid
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Small minds are captivated by trifles. -- Ovid
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Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward. -- Ovid
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Happy the man who ventures boldly to defend what he holds dear. -- Ovid
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Isn't the best defense always a good attack? -- Ovid
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Nothing is stronger than Custom
(Fac tibi consuescat: nil adsuetudine maius) -- Ovid
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While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot.
[Lat., Dum vires annique sinunt, tolerate labores.
Jam veniet tacito curva senecta pede.] -- Ovid
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There is no pleasure pure and simple, and some care always
comes to mar our joys. -- Ovid
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Have consideration for wounded feelings. -- Ovid
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Anything cracked will shatter at a touch. -- Ovid
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Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him,
Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power. -- Ovid
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Take the advice of light when you're looking at linens or jewels; Looking at faces or forms, take the advice of the day. -- Ovid
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A short absence is the safest. -- Ovid
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Where belief is painful we are slow to believe. -- Ovid
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I hate a woman who offers herself because she ought to do so, and cold and dry thinks of her sewing when making love. -- Ovid
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Love is too prone to trust. Would I could think
My charges false and all too rashly made. -- Ovid
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The god we now behold with opened eyes,
A herd of spotted panthers round him lies
In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread
On his fair brows, and dangle on his head. -- Ovid
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The earth yields up her stores, of every ill
The instigators; iron, foe to man,
And gold, than iron deadlier. -- Ovid
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The swallow is not ensnared by men because of its gentle nature.
[Lat., At caret insidiis hominum, quia mitis, hirundo.] -- Ovid
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It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art. -- Ovid
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He who has it in his power to commit sin, is less inclined to do so. The very idea of being able, weakens the desire. -- Ovid
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There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. -- Ovid
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God himself favors the brave. -- Ovid
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That you may please others you must be forgetful of yourself. -- Ovid
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Had I not sinned what would there be for you to pardon. My fate has given you the opportunity for mercy. -- Ovid
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Envy, the meanest of vices, creeps on the ground like a serpent. -- Ovid
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To be thoroughly imbued, with the liberal arts refines the manners, and makes men to be mild and gentle in their conduct. -- Ovid
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Not knowing what he sees, he adores the sight; That false face fools and fuels his delight -- Ovid
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Even as a cow she was lovely. -- Ovid
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Seeking is all very well, but holding requires greater talent: Seeking involves some luck; now the demand is for skill. -- Ovid
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Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft. -- Ovid
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Time, motion and wine cause sleep. -- Ovid
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A lover fears all that he believes. -- Ovid
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And I will capture your minds with sweet novelty.
[Lat., Dulcique animos novitate tenebo.] -- Ovid
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Today is truly the Golden Age: gold buys hornor, gold procures love -- Ovid
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The burden becomes light that is shared by love. -- Ovid
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Often they benefit who suffer wrong. -- Ovid
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You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.
[Lat., Fabula (nec sentis) tota jactaris in urba.] -- Ovid
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Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment. -- Ovid
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Wind feeds the fire, and wind extinguishes:
The flames are nourished by a gentle breeze,
Yet, if it stronger grows, they sink and die. -- Ovid
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Sleep ... peace of the soul, who puttest care to flight. -- Ovid
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Presents, believe me, seduce both men and gods. -- Ovid
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The love of fame usually spurs on the mind.
[Lat., Ingenio stimulos subdere fama solet.] -- Ovid
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As the mind of each man is conscious of good or evil, so does he conceive within his breast hope or fear, according to his actions. -- Ovid
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When all the other animals, downcast looked upon the earth, he [Prometheus] gave a face raised on high to man, and commanded him to see the sky and raise his high eyes to the stars. -- Ovid
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Nothing is more useful to man that those arts which have no utility. -- Ovid
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Greatly he failed, but he had greatly dared. -- Ovid
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The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea. -- Ovid
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We take no pleasure in permitted joys,
But what's forbidden is more keenly sought. -- Ovid
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Knowest thou not that kings have long hands?
[Lat., An nescis longos regibus esse manus?] -- Ovid
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The man who falls in love chill find plenty of occupation. -- Ovid
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It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul. -- Ovid
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Ovid lies here, the poet, skilled in love's gentle sport;
By his own talents he worked his undoing.
Oh, you who pass by, if ever you have loved,
Think it not a burden to wish him calm repose. -- Ovid
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Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again. -- Ovid
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How little you know about the age you live in if you think that honey is sweeter than cash in hand -- Ovid
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Alluring pleasure is said to have softened the savage dispositions (of early mankind).
[Lat., Blanda truces animos fertur mollisse voluptas.] -- Ovid
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A woman is a creature that's always shopping. -- Ovid
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Though the power be wanting, yet the wish is praiseworthy. -- Ovid
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A mind conscious of right laughs at the falsehoods of rumour.
[Lat., Conscia mens recti famae mendacia risit.] -- Ovid
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The mind alone can not be exiled.
[Lat., Mens sola loco non exulat.] -- Ovid
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There is a god within us. -- Ovid
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When you have set yourself a task finish it. -- Ovid
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Simplicity is a jewel rarely found. -- Ovid
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If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow. -- Ovid
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Thou fool, what is sleep but the image of death? Fate will give an eternal rest.
[Lat., Stulte, quid est somnus, gelidae nisi mortis imago?
Longa quiescendi tempora fata dabunt.] -- Ovid
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Their useless torches on dry hedges throw,
That catch the flames, and kindle all the row;
So burns the God, consuming in desire,
And feeding in his breast a fruitless fire -- Ovid
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Occupy yourself, and you will be out of harm's way. -- Ovid
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People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude. -- Ovid
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The rest of the crowd were friends of my fortune, not of me.
[Lat., Caetera fortunae, non mea, turba fuit.] -- Ovid
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If the art is concealed, it succeeds. -- Ovid
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Burdens become light when cheerfully borne. -- Ovid
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Stop short of your appetite; eat less than you are able. -- Ovid
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Virtue and vice, evil and good, are siblings, or next-door neighbors, Easy to make mistakes, hard to tell them apart. -- Ovid
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Make good use of your time, it flies fast. -- Ovid
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Bring a lawsuit against a man who can pay; the poor man's acts are not worth the expense -- Ovid
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Every man should stay within his own fortune.
[Lat., Intera fortunam quisque debet manere suam.] -- Ovid
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for no god may undo what another god has done... -- Ovid
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The sick mind can not bear anything harsh.
[Lat., Mensque pati durum sustinet aegra nihil.] -- Ovid
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Gain, acquired by many agents, soon accumulates. -- Ovid
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A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. -- Ovid
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Fas est ab hoste doceri.
One should learn even from one's enemies. -- Ovid
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It is lawful to be taught by an enemy. Fas est ab hoste doceri. -- Ovid
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Here Jove with Hermes came; but in disguise
Of mortal men conceal'd their deities;
One laid aside his thunder, one his rod -- Ovid
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Let the poor man mind his tongue -- Ovid
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Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all."
"Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you. -- Ovid
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The heavier crop is ever in others' fields. -- Ovid
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We two [Deucalion and Pyrrha, after the deluge] form a multitude.
[Lat., Nos duo turba sumus.] -- Ovid
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If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts. -- Ovid
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We beg one hour of death, that neither she
With widow's tears may live to bury me,
Nor weeping I, with wither'd arms, may bear
My breathless Baucis to the sepulchre. -- Ovid
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Keep thy hook always baited, for a fish lurks even in the most unlikely swim. -- Ovid
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Love's dominion, like a kings, admits of no partition. -- Ovid
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What one beholds of a woman is the least part of her. -- Ovid
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Men should not care too much for good looks; neglect is becoming. -- Ovid
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Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul. -- Ovid
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The love of fame puts spurs to the mind -- Ovid
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Habit had made the custom. -- Ovid
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What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue. -- Ovid
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We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have. -- Ovid
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Pure women are only those who have not been asked. -- Ovid
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The time will come when you will hate the sight of a mirror. -- Ovid
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Nothing aids which may not also injure us.
Fire serves us well, but he who plots to burn
His neighbor's roof arms his hands with fire. -- Ovid
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Or that writing a poem you can read to no one
is like dancing in the dark. -- Ovid
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I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. -- Ovid
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Our neighbour's crop is always more fruitful and his cattle produce more milk than our own. -- Ovid
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Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop. -- Ovid
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Friendship is but a name, faith is an empty name. Alas,
it is not safe to praise to a friend the object of your love;
as soon as he believes your praises, he slips into your place. -- Ovid
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It is ill to marry in the month of May. -- Ovid
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The hunter follows things which flee from him; he leaves them when they are taken; and ever seeks for that which is beyond what he has found.
[Lat., Venator sequitur fugientia; capta relinquit;
Semper et inventis ulteriora petit.] -- Ovid
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This letter gives me a tongue; and were I not allowed to write, I should be dumb.
[Lat., Praebet mihi littera linguam:
Et, si non liceat scribere, mutus ero.] -- Ovid
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Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. -- Ovid
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Niobe would have been called most blessed of mothers,
had she not seemed so herself. -- Ovid
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The wild boar is often held by a small dog.
[Lat., A cane non magno saepe tenetur aper.] -- Ovid
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The battle is over when the foe has fallen. -- Ovid
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A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward. -- Ovid
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We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us. -- Ovid
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The crop always seems better in our neighbor's field, and our neighbor's cow gives more milk. -- Ovid
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As long as you are lucky, you will have many friends; if cloudy times appear, you will be alone. -Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos; tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris -- Ovid
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A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. -- Ovid
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We hate the hawk because he ever lives in battle. -- Ovid
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As the hawk is wont to pursue the trembling doves. -- Ovid
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There is a good deal in a man's mode of eating. -- Ovid
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Love is a kind of warfare. -- Ovid
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Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear. -- Ovid
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Time is generally the best doctor. -- Ovid
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Safety lies in the middle course.
[Lat., Medio tutissimus ibis.] -- Ovid
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Who would have known of Hector, if Troy had been happy? The road to valor is built by adversity. -- Ovid
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First try all other means, but if the wound
Heal not, then use the knife, lest to the clean
From the diseased the canker spread. -- Ovid
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Thus all things altered. Nothing dies. And here and there the unbodied spirit flies. -- Ovid
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To live well is to live unnoticed."
"Bene qui latuit bene dixit. -- Ovid
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In time the bull is brought to wear the yoke.
[Lat., Tempore ruricolae patiens fit taurus aratri.] -- Ovid
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There is no need of words; believe facts.
[Lat., Non opus est verbis, credite rebus.] -- Ovid
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There is a deity within us who breathes that divine fire by which we are animated. -- Ovid
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Take this at least, this last advice, my son:
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:
The coursers of themselves will run too fast,
Your art must be to moderate their haste. -- Ovid
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The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture. -- Ovid
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Calumny ever pursues the great, even as the winds hurl themselves on high places. -- Ovid
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Thus earth of late so rude, So shapeless, man, till now unknown, became. -- Ovid
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The mind ill at ease, the body suffers also. -- Ovid
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Fair Flora! Now attend thy sportful feast,
Of which some days I with design have past;
A part in April and a part in May
Thou claim'st, and both command my tuneful lay;
And as the confines of two months are thine
To sing of both the double task be mine. -- Ovid
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The whole earth is the brave man's country.
[Lat., Omne solum forti patria est.] -- Ovid
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Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. -- Ovid
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Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel. -- Ovid
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Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour. -- Ovid
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O gods, If any gods will listen, I deserve Punishment surely, I do not refuse it, But lest, in living, I offend the living, Offend the dead in death, drive me away From either realm, change me somehow, refuse me Both life and death!
-- Myrrha, before being transformed into a tree -- Ovid
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Pluck with quick hand the fruit that passes. -- Ovid
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Everything changes, nothing is lost. -- Ovid
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May you live unenvied, and pass many pleasant years unknown to fame; and also have congenial friends.
[Lat., Vive sine invidia, mollesque inglorius annos
Exige; amicitias et tibi junge pares.] -- Ovid
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He loved a lifeless thing and he was utterly and hopelessly wretched. -- Ovid
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Beauty, if you do not open your doors, takes age from lack of use. -- Ovid
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All human things hang on a slender thread, the strongest fall with a sudden crash. -- Ovid
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A good disposition is a virtue in itself, and it is lasting; the burden of the years cannot depress it, and love that is founded on it endures to the end. -- Ovid
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When lizard-footed giants climbed the hills And with a hundred hands clawed at the sky. -- Ovid
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A frail gift is beauty, which grows less as time draws on, and is devoured by its own years. -- Ovid
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As many as the shells that are on the shore, so many are
the pains of love; the darts that wound are steeped in
much poison. -- Ovid
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Some wounds grow worse beneath the surgeon's hand;
Better that they were not touched at all. -- Ovid
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What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives. -- Ovid
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A wound will perhaps become tolerable with length of time; but wounds which are raw shudder at the touch of the hands. -- Ovid
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What is now an act of reason, was but blind impulse. -- Ovid
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Those gifts are ever more precious which the giver has made precious. -- Ovid
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We suffer by our proximity. [Who get a blow intended for another.] -- Ovid
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I am dragged along by a strange new force. Desire and reason are pulling in different directions. I see the right way and approve it, but follow the wrong. -- Ovid
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Remove but the temptations of leisure, and the bow of Cupid will lose its effect. -- Ovid
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Remove the temptation of idleness and Cupid's bow is useless. -- Ovid
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Argus, you are fallen, and the light in all your lamps is utterly put out: one hundred eyes, one darkness all the same! -- Ovid
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I flee who chases me and chase who flees me. -- Ovid
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Let the man who does not wish to be idle, fall in love. -- Ovid
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What is hid is unknown: for what is unknown there is no desire.
[Lat., Quod latet ignotum est; ignoti nulla cupido.] -- Ovid
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The dove, O hawk, that has once been wounded by thy talons, is frightened by the least movement of a wing.
[Lat., Terretur minimo pennae stridore columba
Unguibus, accipiter, saucia facta tuis.] -- Ovid
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My bark, once struck by the fury of the storm, dreads again to approach the place of danger. -- Ovid
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God himself helps those who dare. -- Ovid
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Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him. -- Ovid
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What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere. -- Ovid
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I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement. -- Ovid
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Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them. -- Ovid
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The gods have their own laws.
[Lat., Sunt superis sua jura.] -- Ovid
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He who says o'er much I love not is in love. -- Ovid
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Pleasant words are the food of love. -- Ovid
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We are charmed by neatness: Let not your hair be out of order.
[Lat., Munditiis capimur: non sine lege capilli.] -- Ovid
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He who holds the hook is aware in what waters many fish are swimming. -- Ovid
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All-devouring time, envious age,
Nought can escape you, and by slow degrees,
Worn by your teeth, all things will lingering die. -- Ovid
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Work while your strength and years permit you; crooked age will by-and-by come upon you with silent foot. -- Ovid
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Love conquers all things; let us own her dominion. -- Ovid
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What is harder than stone?
What more soft than water?
Nevertheless hard though the rock be, it is hollowed by the wave. -- Ovid
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That fair face will as years roll on lose its beauty, and old age will bring its wrinkles to the brow. -- Ovid
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If you have a voice, sing; but if you have good arms, then go in for dancing. -- Ovid
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With patience bear what pains you have deserved,
Grieve, if you will, over what's unmerited. -- Ovid
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Stones are hollowed out by the constant dropping of water. -- Ovid
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If you would be loved, be lovable -- Ovid
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The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report. -- Ovid
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Agreeing to differ.
[Lat., Discors concordia.] -- Ovid
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The gift derives its value from the rank of the giver. -- Ovid
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The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness. -- Ovid
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It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are. -- Ovid
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Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with. -- Ovid
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105. I congratulate myself on not having arrived into this world until the present time. This age suits my taste. -- Ovid
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Nothing is stronger than habit. -- Ovid
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Venus is kind to creatures as young as we;
We know not what we do, and while we're young
We have the right to live and love like gods. -- Ovid
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To wish is of little account; to succeed you must earnestly desire; and this desire must shorten thy sleep. -- Ovid
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Though strength be wanting, the will to action
Merits praise. -- Ovid
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All right, boy, skewer me. I've dropped my defenses,
I'm an easy victim. Why, by now
Your arrows practically know their own way to the target
And feel less at home in their quiver than in me. -- Ovid
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The laws allow arms to be taken against an armed foe. -- Ovid
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Deadly poisons are concealed under sweet honey. -- Ovid
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Brass shines with constant usage, a beautiful dress needs wearing,
Leave a house empty, it rots. -- Ovid
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With wavering steps does fickle fortune stray,
Nowhere she finds a firm and fixed abode;
But now all smiles, and now again all frowns,
She's constant only in inconstancy. -- Ovid
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There is no such thing as pure, unalloyed pleasure; some bitter ever mingles with the sweet. -- Ovid
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As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity. -- Ovid
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Although they posses enough, and more than enough still they yearn for more. -- Ovid
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Even pleasure cloys without variety. -- Ovid
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Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity. -- Ovid
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The gods behold all righteous actions. -- Ovid
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Beneath the sun's rays our shadow is our comrade;
When clouds obscure the sun our shadow flees.
So Fortune's smiles the fickle crowd pursues,
But swift is gone whenever she veils her face. -- Ovid
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First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, 'I believe,' three times. -- Ovid
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Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs.
[Lat., Hei mihi! quod nullis amor est medicabilis herbis.] -- Ovid
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Let others seek safety. Nothing is safer than misfortune,
Where there's no fear of greater ill to come. -- Ovid
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Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low. -- Ovid
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Love is a kind of military service -- Ovid
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It is a pleasure appropriate to man, for him to save a fellow-man, and gratitude is acquired in no better way. -- Ovid
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Very slight violence will break that which has once been cracked. -- Ovid
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Beauty is a frail good. -- Ovid
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Rare is the virtue that's not ruled by Fortune,
That stands unshaken even when Fortune flees. -- Ovid
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The result justifies the deed. -- Ovid
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The wit of man has devised cruel statutes,
And nature oft permits what is by law forbid. -- Ovid
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Tears are at times as eloquent as words. [Weeping hath a voice.] -- Ovid
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Love is a credulous thing. -- Ovid
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And warns us to use life's beauty as it blooms. The thorn is spurned when the rose has dropped. -- Ovid
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When a rose dies, a thorn is left behind. -- Ovid
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If you count the sunny and the cloudy days of the whole year, you will find that the sunshine predominates. -- Ovid
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Who gives to Aristaeus honey;
Or wine to Bacchus, or Triptolemus
Earth's fruits, or apples to Alcinous? -- Ovid
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Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate. -- Ovid
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Skill makes love unending. -- Ovid
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It is expedient that there should be gods, and, since it is expedient, let us believe that gods exist. -- Ovid
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Things which of themselves avail nothing, when united become powerful. -- Ovid
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Constant Penelope sends to thee, careless Ulysses.
Write not again, but come, sweet mate -- Ovid
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Love is a believing creature. -- Ovid
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By constant dripping, water hollows stone,
A signet-ring from use alone grows thin,
And the curved plowshare by soft earth is worn. -- Ovid
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It is not easy to bear prosperity unruffled. -- Ovid
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That you may be beloved, be amiable. -- Ovid
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Love is a naked child: do you think he has pockets for money? -- Ovid
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Giving requires good sense.
[Lat., Rest est ingeniosa dare.] -- Ovid
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He who would not be idle, let him fall in love. -- Ovid
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The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal. -- Ovid
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Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase.
[Lat., Gratia pro rebus merito debetur inemtis.] -- Ovid
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Fortune and love favour the brave.
[Lat., Audentum Forsque Venusque juvant.] -- Ovid
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The result justifies the deed
(Exitus acta probat) -- Ovid
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A pleasing countenance is no light advantage. -- Ovid
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Chastity, once lost, cannot be recalled; it goes only once. -- Ovid
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Judgement of beauty can err, what with the wine and the dark. -- Ovid
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When worse may yet befall, there's room for prayer,
But when our fortune's at its lowest ebb,
We trample fear beneath our feet, and live
Without a fear of evil yet to come. -- Ovid
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I see and praise what is better, but follow what is worse. -- Ovid
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If he did not succeed, he at least failed in a glorious undertaking. -- Ovid
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What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless. -- Ovid
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Winged time glides on insensibly, and deceive us; and there is nothing more fleeting than years. -- Ovid
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To dismiss a guest is a more ungracious act than not to admit him at all. -- Ovid
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Riches too increase, and the maddening craving for gold,
So that men ever seek for more, that they may have the most. -- Ovid
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That tuneful nymph, the babbling Echo. -- Ovid
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Love, and a cough, are not concealed. -- Ovid
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Grant me profits only, grant me the joy of profit made,
and see to it that I enjoy cheating the buyer! -- Ovid
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Devouring Time and envious Age, all things yield to you; and with lingering death you destroy, step by step, with venomed tooth whatever you attack. -- Ovid
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Chaste is she whom no one has asked. -- Ovid
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Tis you, alone, can save, or give my doom. -- Ovid
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A broken fortune is like a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it has to sustain. -- Ovid
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Envy aims very high. -- Ovid
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When I was from Cupid's passions free, my Muse was mute and wrote no elegy. -- Ovid
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I see and approve better things, but follow worse. -- Ovid
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The sea's vast depths lie open to the fish;
Wherever the breezes blow the bird may fly;
So to the brave man every land's a home. -- Ovid
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At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time. -- Ovid
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By arts, sails, and oars, ships are rapidly moved; arts move the
light chariot, and establish love.
[Lat., Arte citae veloque rates remoque moventur;
Arte levis currus, arte regendus Amor.] -- Ovid
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The least strength suffices to break what is bruised. -- Ovid
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Misfortunes often sharpen the genius. -- Ovid
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O fool, what else is sleep but chill death's likeness? -- Ovid
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Time is the devourer of all things. -- Ovid
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Right it is to be taught even by the enemy. -- Ovid
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You will be safest in the middle. -- Ovid
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Temporis ars medicina fere est.
Time is generally the best medicine. -- Ovid
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While I speak, time flies. -- Ovid
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The judge's duty is to inquire about the time, as well as the facts. -- Ovid
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Dear to girls' hearts is their own beauty. -- Ovid
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Thus I am not able to exist either with you or without you; and I seem not to know my own wishes. -- Ovid
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He who can believe himself well, will be well. -- Ovid
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A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage. -- Ovid
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Death is less bitter punishment than death's delay. -- Ovid
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Fair peace is becoming to men; fierce anger belongs to beasts. -- Ovid
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It's useful that there should be Gods, so let's believe there are. -- Ovid
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A burthen cheerfully borne becomes light -- Ovid
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What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct. -- Ovid
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We two are to ourselves a crowd. -- Ovid
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It is annoying to be honest to no purpose. -- Ovid
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Giving calls for genius. -- Ovid
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In sweet water there is a pleasure ungrudged by anyone. -- Ovid
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There will grow from straws a mighty heap. -- Ovid
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Consider the misfortunes of others, and you will be the better able to bear your own. -- Ovid
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The penalty may be removed, the crime is eternal. -- Ovid
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Struggling over my fickle heart, love draws it now this
way, and now hate that
but love, I think, is winning. I
will hate, if I have strength; if not, I shall love unwilling. -- Ovid
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He who has lived obscurely and quietly has lived well. -- Ovid
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He who sins easily, sins less. The very power
Renders less vigorous the roots of evil. -- Ovid
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If he should love deny him what he loves! -- Ovid
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We praise times past, while we times present use;
Yet due the worship which to each we give. -- Ovid
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Eurydice, dying now a second time, uttered no complaint against her husband. What was there to complain of, but that she had been loved? -- Ovid
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When there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing. -- Ovid
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Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes, naturamque nouat. (to arts unknown he bends his wits, and alters nature.) -- Ovid
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Be bold, take courage... and be strong of soul. -- Ovid
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My mind leads me to speak now of forms changed into new bodies: O gods above, inspire this undertaking (which you've changed as well) and guide my poem in its epic sweep from the world's beginning to the present day. The -- Ovid
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O ye gods! what thick encircling darkness blinds the minds of men! -- Ovid
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In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are. -- Ovid
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The purpose of law is to prevent the strong always having their way. -- Ovid
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These are the evils which result from gossiping habits. -- Ovid
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I cannot keep track of all the vagaries of fashion, Every day, so it seems, brings in a different style. -- Ovid
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If you want to be loved, be lovable. -- Ovid
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She that weds well will wisely match her love, Nor be below her husband nor above. -- Ovid
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A man is sorry to be honest for nothing. -- Ovid
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Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer. -- Ovid
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Her clear conscience mocked rumour's mendacity, But we are a mob prone to credit sin. -- Ovid
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Those presents are the most acceptable which are enhanced by our regard for the donor. -- Ovid
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Pursuits become habits. -- Ovid
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Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe. -- Ovid
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Twice does he live who can enjoy the remembrance of the past. -- Ovid
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The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged. -- Ovid
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A safe pleasure is a tame pleasure. -- Ovid
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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. -- Ovid
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She only is chaste, who is chaste where there is no danger of detection: she who does not, because she may not, does. -- Ovid
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There is a certain kind of pleasure in weeping. -- Ovid
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That which never has been, never is, and never will be. -- Ovid
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Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim. (Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.) -- Ovid
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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. -- Ovid
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Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. -- Ovid
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Trivial losses often prove great gains. -- Ovid
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Where crime is taught from early years, it becomes a part of nature. -- Ovid
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Whatever charm thou hast, be charming. -- Ovid
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Happy the man who can count his sufferings. -- Ovid
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The gods have their own rules. -- Ovid
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It is prudence that first forsakes the wretched. -- Ovid
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I hate, and yet must love the thing I hate. -- Ovid
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There is some joy in weeping. For our tears
Fill up the cup, then wash our pain away. -- Ovid
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Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers. -- Ovid
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Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable. -- Ovid
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Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears. -- Ovid
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You will go most safely in the middle. -- Ovid
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Riches, the incentives to evil, are dug out of the earth. -- Ovid
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That pleasure which can be safely indulged in is the least inviting. -- Ovid
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To be silent is but a small virtue; but it is a serious fault to reveal secrets. -- Ovid
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Beauty- it was a favor bestowed by the gods. -- Ovid
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What is reason now was passion heretofore. -- Ovid
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When disposition wins us, the features please. -- Ovid
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Daring is not safe against daring men. -- Ovid
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Good hope is often beguiled by her own augury. -- Ovid
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I too am not powerless, and my weapons strike hard. -- Ovid
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The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool. -- Ovid
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It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears. -- Ovid
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Nor is there any law more just, than that he who has plotted death shall perish by his own plot. -- Ovid
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It is but a small merit to observe silence, but it is a grave fault to speak of matters on which we should be silent. -- Ovid
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I am a shipwrecked man who fears every sea. -- Ovid
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The brave find a home in every land. -- Ovid
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Let love steal in disguised as friendship. -- Ovid
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The result proves the wisdom of the act. -- Ovid
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You put aside the work that's done, and seek some work to do. -- Ovid
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The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean. -- Ovid
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We have ploughed the vast ocean in a fragile bark. -- Ovid
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The more highminded a man is the more easily is his anger appeased. -- Ovid
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Love is an affair of credulity. -- Ovid
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Quarrels are the dowry which married folk bring one another. -- Ovid
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Use the occasion, for it passes swiftly. -- Ovid
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Nations and empires flourish and decay, By turns command, and in their turns obey. -- Ovid
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The drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. -- Ovid
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Even the gods are moved by the voice of entreaty. -- Ovid
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All things can corrupt perverse minds. -- Ovid
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Yield to him who opposes you; by yielding you conquer. -- Ovid
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This victory will be your I ruin. -- Ovid
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Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead. -- Ovid
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It warms the blood, adds luster to the eyes, and wine and love have ever been allies. -- Ovid
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The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting. -- Ovid
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Beauty is a fragile gift. -- Ovid
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Great talents, by the rust of long disuse,
Grow lethargic and shrink from what they were. -- Ovid
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Whilst you are prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone. -- Ovid
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My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope. -- Ovid
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He whom all hate all wish to see destroyed. -- Ovid