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

Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

Nothing is more advantageous to a man than to speak the truth.

The success of the wicked is a temptation to many.

Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.

O dear Pan and all the other gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him.

There are two kinds of things the nature of which it would be quite wonderful to grasp by means of a systematic art... the first consists in seeing together things that are scattered about everywhere and collecting them into one kind, so that by defining each thing we can make clear the subject of any instruction we wish to give... [the second], in turn, is to be able to cut up each kind according to its species along its natural joints, and to try not to splinter any part, as a bad butcher might do... Phaedrus, I myself am a lover of these divisions and collections, so that i may be able to think and to speak.

He justly loses what belongs to himself who covets what belongs to another.

Only a philosopher's mind grows wings, since its memory always keeps it as close as possible to those realities by being close to which the gods are divine.

There is danger in both belief and unbelief.

I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.

Strangers he gulls, but friends make fun of him.

Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.

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.

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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