Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis

Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis
c. 60

Roman Satirist and Poet

Author Quotes

All wish to know, but none to pay the fee.

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

Only death reveals what a nothing the body is for man.

Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools.

Some men make money not for the sake of living, but ache in blindness of greed and live for their fortune's sake.

The entire flock dies in the fields of the disease introduced by one.

Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.

It is a wretched thing to lean on the reputation of others, lest the pillars being withdrawn the roof should fall in ruins.

The thirst for fame is much greater than that for virtue; for who would embrace virtue itself if you take away its rewards.

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.

The very inclination to sin entails penalties.

Men do not easily rise whose poverty hinders their merit.

There will be nothing more that posterity can add to our immoral habits; our descendants must have the same desires and act the same follies as their sires. Every vice has reached its zenith.

Nature, in giving tears to man, confessed that he had a tender heart: this is our noblest quality.

We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them. A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world’s condemnation, a mother still loves on and still hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways, and repent; still she remembers the infant smiles that once filled her bosom with rapture, the merry laugh, the joyful shout of his childhood, the opening promise of his youth; and she can never be brought to think him all unworthy.

No evil man is happy.

No guilty man is ever acquitted at the bar of his own conscience.

No man ever became extremely wicked all at once.

Poverty persuades a man to do and suffer everything that he may escape from it.

"Every fault of the mind becomes more conspicuous and more guilty in proportion to the rank of the offender" - Persons in high station are not only answerable for their own conduct, but for the example they may hold out to others. This, joined to their advantages of education, aggravates their vices and loads them with a greater share of responsibility.

Rare indulgence produces greater pleasure.

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.

Rarely they rise by virtue’s aid who lie plunged in the depth of helpless poverty.

Bad passions become more odious in proportion as the motives to them are weakened; and gratuitous vice cannot be too indignantly exposed to reprehension. No man ever arrived suddenly at the summit of vice.

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First Name
Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Birth Date
c. 60
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Roman Satirist and Poet