Phaedrus, fully Gaius Julius Phaedrus

Phaedrus, fully Gaius Julius Phaedrus
15 B.C.
50 A.D.

Roman Fabulist, Writer, probably Thracian Slave, recognized as first to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales

Author Quotes

If anyone comes to the gates of poetry and expects to become an adequate poet by acquiring expert knowledge of the subject without the Muses' madness, he will fail, and his self-controlled verses will be eclipsed by the poetry of men who have been driven out of their minds.

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.

Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.

If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.

Success leads many astray to their ruin.

Those who plot the destruction of others often fall themselves.

In a change of government the poor change nothing but the name of their masters.

Success tempts many to their ruin.

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.

In a change of masters the poor change nothing except their master's name.

That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer.

To add insult to injury.

In outward show so splendid and so vain; 'tis but a gilded block without a brain.

The bow kept taut will quickly break, kept loosely strung, it will serve you when you need it.

Whatever happens must be borne with a calm mind.

Aggression unchallenged is aggression unleashed.

It is destruction to the weak man to attempt to imitate the powerful.

The humble are in danger when those in power disagree.

Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.

An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.

It is the part of a fool to give advice to others and not himself to be on his guard.

The humble suffer when the mighty disagree.

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

An alliance with the powerful is never to be trusted.

Life is nearer every day to death.

Author Picture
First Name
Phaedrus, fully Gaius Julius Phaedrus
Birth Date
15 B.C.
Death Date
50 A.D.
Bio

Roman Fabulist, Writer, probably Thracian Slave, recognized as first to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales