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 deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.

The raven once in snowy plumes was drest, White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast, Fair as the guardian of the Capitol, Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite To sooty blackness from the purest white.

The would will perhaps be cured in the process of time, but it shrinks from the touch while it is fresh.

There is no law more just, than that he, who plots death, should perish by his own craft.

Those presents are the most acceptable which are enhanced by our regard for the donor.

Time the devourer of all things.

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

We can learn even from our enemies.

What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.

The rest of the crowd were friends of my fortune, not of me.

The wounded gladiator forswears all fighting, but soon forgetting his former wound resumes his arms.

There is no less merit in keeping what we have got, than in first acquiring it. Chance has something to do with the one, while the other will always be the effect of skill.

Thou beginnest better than thou endest. The last is inferior to the first.

Time the devourer of everything.

True, if modesty does not permit a woman to make the first advance, it nevertheless delights her to yield when her lover takes the initiative. In truth a lover reposes too much confidence in his good looks if he thinks that a woman will be the first to ask. ?Tis for him to begin, for him to entreat her; and to his supplications she will incline her ear. Ask and thou shalt receive; she only waits to be implored. Tell her the cause and origin of your desire. Jove bent the knee to the heroines of old times, and for all his greatness, none ever came of her own accord to entreat him. If, however, you only get disdain for all your pains, draw back and press your suit no farther. Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them. Cool off; don't let her think you too importunate. Do not betray the hope of too swift a victory; let Love steal in disguised as Friendship. I've often seen a woman thus disarmed, and friendship ripen into love.

We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have.

What is harder than stone? What more soft than water? Nevertheless hard though the rock be, it is hollowed by the wave.

The mind alone cannot be exiled.

The result justifies the deed.

The wounded limb shrinks even from the gentlest touch, and to the nervous the smallest shadow excites alarm.

There is no need of words; believe facts.

Thou fool, what is sleep but the image of death? Fate will give an eternal rest.

Time, motion and wine cause sleep.

Truly it is allowed us to weep: by weeping we disperse our wrath; and tears go through the heart, even like a stream.

We do not bear sweets; we are recruited by a bitter potion.

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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