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Ovid

(43BC-17AD) [Publius Ovidius Naso] Roman Poet


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Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.

All things change, nothing perishes.

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Everyone wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.

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.

If you want to be loved, be loveable.

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

It's useful that there should be Gods, so let's believe there are.

Love and dignity cannot share the same abode.

Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him, Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.

Love is a kind of warfare.

Luck affects everything. let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.

Neither will the wave which has passed be called back; nor can the hour which has gone by return.

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength.

There are a thousand forms of evil; there will be a thousand remedies.

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

Time, motion and wine cause sleep.

To be loved, be lovable.

Venus favors the bold.

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

What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.

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