Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

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

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

Author Quotes

What a lady says to an eager lover he may write in the wind, or in running water.

The pleasure that is granted to me from a sense of duty ceases to be a pleasure at all.

The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness

There is a good deal in a man's mode of eating.

Those dreams are true which we have in the morning, as the lamp begins to flicker.

Time is generally the best doctor.

To feel our ills is one thing, but to cure them is another.

We are always striving for things forbidden, and coveting those denied us.

What happened then was most incredible: the wefts turned green; and all the hanging cloth began to sprout with boughs, as ivy does; a part became grapevines; where threads had been, now twining tendrils grew; along the warp, vine leaves began to sprout; the purple hue that had adorned rich fabrics passed into a purple hue that colored clustered grapes.

The poet?s labors are a work of joy, and require peace of mind.

The wild boar is often held by a small dog.

There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.

Those gifts are always the most acceptable that owe their value to the giver.

Time is the devourer of all things.

To give requires good sense.

We are charmed by neatness of person; let not thy hair be out of order.

What ignorance there is in human minds.

The prayers of cowards fortune spurns.

The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.

There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.

Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious.

Time spent in the cultivation of the fields passes very pleasantly.

To have properly studied the liberal sciences gives a polish to our manners, and removes all awkwardness.

We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.

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

Roman Poet, Man of Letters