Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso
43 B.C.
17 A.D.

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

Author Quotes

When I was from Cupid's passions free, my Muse was mute and wrote no elegy.

Who knows how long I've loved you, you know I love you still. Will I wait a lonely lifetime? If you want me to I will.

You who seek an end of love, love yields to business: be busy, and you will be safe.

What is hid is unknown: for what is unknown there is no desire.

When the character's right, looks are a greater delight.

Who puts end to a passion with hate, or love, or cannot stop suffering.

You will be safest in the middle.

What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.

When the heart is sick it cannot bear the slightest annoyance.

Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.

You will go most safely by the middle way.

What is lawful is undesirable; what is unlawful is very attractive.

When the lightning strikes but one, not one only does it terrify.

Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.

You will go most safely in the middle.

What is more useful than fire? Yet if any one prepares to burn a house, it is with fire that he arms his daring hands.

When the roses are gone, nothing is left but the thorn.

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.

You will hardly conquer, but conquer you must.

What is now an act of reason was but blind impulse.

When there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing.

Wine stimulates the mind and makes it quick with heat; care flees and is dissolved in much drink.

What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.

When they can't win in fair fight, they resort to all sorts of sly tricks.

With the arm which won the victory he protects the vanquished.

Author Picture
First Name
Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso
Birth Date
43 B.C.
Death Date
17 A.D.

Roman Poet, Man of Letters