Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

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

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

Author Quotes

What is without periods of rest will not endure.

Where belief is painful we are slow to believe.

Women's words are as light as the doomed leaves whirling in autumn,

What lies concealed is unknown; there can be no desire for what is not known.

Where crime is taught from early years, it becomes a part of nature.

Work while your strength and years permit you; crooked age will by-and-by come upon you with silent foot.

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

Wherever I look there is nothing but the image of death.

Writing a poem you can read to no one is like dancing in the dark.

What one beholds of a woman is the least part of her.

Whether a pretty woman grants or withholds her favors, she always likes to be asked for them.

Writings survive the years; it is by writings that you know Agamemnon, and those who fought for or against him.

What we can have as a matter of course is not valued; what is denied we eagerly covet.

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.

Yield to the opposer by yielding you will obtain the victory.

When a rose dies, a thorn is left behind.

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.

You began better than you have finished; the last act is not equal to the first.

When disposition wins us, the features please.

While prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone.

You can learn from anyone even your enemy.

When he, whoever of the gods it was, had thus arranged in order and resolved that chaotic mass, and reduced it, thus resolved, to cosmic parts, he first molded the Earth into the form of a mighty ball so that it might be of like form on every side ? And, that no region might be without its own forms of animate life, the stars and divine forms occupied the floor of heaven, the sea fell to the shining fishes for their home, Earth received the beasts, and the mobile air the birds ? Then Man was born:? though all other animals are prone, and fix their gaze upon the earth, he gave to Man an uplifted face and bade him stand erect and turn his eyes to heaven.

While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot.

You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.

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

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First Name
Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso
Birth Date
43 B.C.
Death Date
17 A.D.
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Roman Poet, Man of Letters