Petronius, fully Gaius Petronius Arbiter Gasus , aka Petronius Arbiter

Petronius, fully Gaius Petronius Arbiter Gasus , aka Petronius Arbiter
c. 27
66

Roman Writer, Courtier, Probable Author of the Satyricon

Author Quotes

The pot boils badly.

The studied spontaneity of Horace.

To strive with the winds.

We are not more than a bubble.

We know that you are mad with much learning.

What power has law where only money rules.

Let none of us are born perfect, it is.

Let us together closely lie and kiss, There is no labor, no shame in this: This hath pleased, doth please, and long will please, never, Can this decay, but is beginning ever.

Like master, like man.

Not worth his salt.

Outward beauty is not enough; to be attractive a woman must use words, wit, playfulness, sweet-talk, and laughter to transcend the gifts of Nature.

Outward looks are not enough, beauty is not common stuff-of merriment it is compact, playful grace in every act, witty laughter, laughing wit: these are things that go with it, these surpass the simple graces in beautiful and silly faces. Art is beauty; and I say: take the lovely fool away!-If she strips from foot to head and doesn't ask me into bed.

Parents deserve reproof when they refuse to benefit their children by severe discipline.

The imagination will not perform until it has been flooded by a vast torrent of reading.

The mind wishes for what it has missed, and occupies itself with retrospective contemplation.

The pleasure of the act of love is gross and brief and brings loathing after it.

I have cut my leg with my own adze.

A huge dog, tied by a chain, was painted on the wall and over it was written in capital letters ?Beware of the dog.?

I myself have seen with my own eyes the Sybil hanging in a bottle at Cumae. And when the little boys asked her Sybil, what do you want? she said, I want to die.

A man who is always ready to believe what is told him will never do well.

I said everything that a painful swelling in one's libido tells one to say.

Alas! worse every day! this colony grows backward like the tail of a calf.

I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl of Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her, ?Sibyl, what do you want?? She replied,? I want to die.?

All those who are left legacies in my will?will obtain my bequests only on one condition, that they cut my body in pieces and eat it before the eyes of the citizens?You must merely shield your eyes, and imagine that what you have swallowed is not human entrails but ten million sesterces.

Inflated bottles walk. We are less than for the fly, flies, however, that a power to have, we will not, we are of more value than the bubbles.

Author Picture
First Name
Petronius, fully Gaius Petronius Arbiter Gasus , aka Petronius Arbiter
Birth Date
c. 27
Death Date
66
Bio

Roman Writer, Courtier, Probable Author of the Satyricon