Propertius, fully Sextus Propertius

Propertius, fully Sextus Propertius
c. 50 B.C.
c. 15 B.C.

Roman Elegiac Poet

Author Quotes

To each man at his birth nature has given some fault.

There is something beyond the grave; death does not put an end to everything the dark shade escapes from the consumed pile.

There is no wide road which leads to the Muses.

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.

The law itself follows gold.

The honors of genius are eternal

The eyes are the pioneers that first announce the soft tale of love.

Never change when love has found its home.

Love never offers to anyone wings so easy that he does not hold him back with his other hand.

Let us enjoy pleasure while we can; pleasure is never long enough.

Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch sand. [Go not out of your depth.]

Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.

In great things it is enough even to have willed.

If she is pleasing to one man, a girl is taken care of.

I am climbing a difficult road; but the glory gives me strength.

Give the historians something to write about.

Everybody in love is blind.

Every one follows the inclinations of his own nature.

Every man now worships gold, all other reverence being done away.

Do not unto another that which you would not he should do unto you.

By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.

Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough.

A cause breaks or exalts a soldier's strength; unless that cause is just, shame will make him throw his weapons away.

Perish the man who can love lightly.

Time magnifies everything after death; a man’s fame is increased as it passes from mouth to mouth after his burial.

Author Picture
First Name
Propertius, fully Sextus Propertius
Birth Date
c. 50 B.C.
Death Date
c. 15 B.C.

Roman Elegiac Poet