Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis

Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis
c. 60
140

Roman Satirist and Poet

Author Quotes

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.

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First Name
Juvenal, fully Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Birth Date
c. 60
Death Date
140
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Roman Satirist and Poet