Persius, fully Aulus Persius Flaccus

Persius, fully Aulus Persius Flaccus

Roman Poet and Satirist

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Is all your knowledge to go so utterly for nothing unless other people know that you possess it?

Please not thyself the flattering crowd to hear; ?tis fulsome stuff, to please thy itching ear. Survey thy soul, not what thou does appear, but what thou art.

Who?ll read that sort of thing?

And don't consult anyone's opinions but your own.

Is then thy knowledge of no value, unless another know that thou possessest that knowledge?

Prevent the illness, before it started

Why, like the hindmost chariot wheels, art curst Still to be near but ne'er to reach the first.

But when to-morrow comes, yesterday's morrow will have been already spent: and lo! a fresh morrow will be forever making away with our years, each just beyond our grasp.

It is a pleasant thing to be pointed at with the finger, and to hear it said, "That is he."

Retire within thyself, and thou will discover how small a stock is there.

You are too sarcastic.

Confined to common life thy numbers flow, And neither soar too high nor sink too low; There strength and ease in graceful union meet, Though polished, subtle, and though poignant, sweet; Yet powerful to abash the form of crime. And crimson error's cheek with sportive rhyme.

It is pleasing to be pointed at with the finger and to have it said, ?There goes the man.?

She knows her man, and when you rant and swear, can draw you to her with a single hair.

You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class).

Don?t consult anyone?s opinions but your own.

Let them (the wicked) see the beauty of virtue, and pine at having forsaken her.

Snuffling through his nose some stale joke.

Your knowing a thing is nothing, unless another knows you know it.

Each man has his fancy.

Let them recognize virtue and rot for having lost it.

That master of arts, that dispenser of genius, the Belly.

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.

Live with yourself: get to know how poorly furnished you are.

That no one, no one at all, should try to search into himself! But the wallet of the person in front is carefully kept in view.

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Roman Poet and Satirist