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

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.

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.

Everyone will find what he's looking for. Nothing pleases everyone: this man gathers thorns, that one roses.

Find here what each desires: men's pleasure goes - Strange ways: one pulls a thorn and one a rose.

For I myself saw the Sibyl indeed at Cumae with my own eyes hanging in a jar; and when the boys used to say to her, "Sibyl, what do you want?" she replied, 'I want to die."

He has gone over to the majority.

He is pepper, not a man.

He that has a penny in his purse, is worth a penny: Have and you shall be esteemed.

He?s gone to join the majority [the dead].

I believe that school makes complete fools of our young men, because they see and hear nothing of ordinary life there

I have cut my leg with my own adze.

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First Name
Petronius, fully Gaius Petronius Arbiter Gasus , aka Petronius Arbiter
Birth Date
c. 27
Death Date
66
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Roman Writer, Courtier, Probable Author of the Satyricon