Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

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

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

Author Quotes

There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.

Thus all things are but altered, nothing dies.

Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.

Twice does he live who can enjoy the remembrance of the past.

We must improve our time; time goes with rapid foot.

Presents, believe me, seduce both men and gods.

She gave herself to tears and then dissolved into the very pool of which she had ? till now ? been the presiding deity. You could have seen the softening of her limbs, the bones and nails that lost solidity. Her slender hairs, her fingers, legs, and feet ? these were the first to join the waves. In fact, the slenderest parts can sooner turn into cool waters. Shoulders, back, and sides, and breasts were next to vanish in thin streams. At last, clear water flows through Cyane's weakened veins, and there is nothing left that one can grasp.

So I can't live either without you or with you.

Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase.

The cause is hidden, but the result is known.

The gods favor the bold.

Only she is chaste whom none has invited.

Pride is innate in beauty, and haughtiness is the companion of the fair.

She half consents, who silently denies.

So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone.

That fair face will as years roll on lose its beauty, and old age will bring its wrinkles to the brow.

The cause is hidden; the effect is visible to all.

The gods have their own rules.

Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.

Pure women are only those who have not been asked.

She made up prayers and said them, worshipping unknown gods with unknown singing, her customary magic, which would cover the white moon?s face and darken the sun with cloud.

So many shells on the beach there, as there is suffering love.

That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne.

The crop always seems better in our neighbor's field, and our neighbor's cow gives more milk.

The gods see the deeds of the righteous.

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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