Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Lucan, full name Marcus Annaeus Lucanus NULL

Roman Poet and Prose Writer

"Honesty is often in the wrong."

"Idleness is ever the root of indecision."

"Agreement exists in disagreement."

"As far as the stars are from the earth, and as different as fire is from water, so much do self-interest and integrity differ."

"As great edifices collapse of their own weight, so Heaven sets a similar limit to the growth of prosperous states."

"Delay is always fatal (injurious)to those who are prepared."

"Fortune often guards the guilty."

"How little nature demands. Running water and bread are enough for mankind."

"The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life."

"The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself."

"The wounds of civil war are deepest."

"The sin of thousands always goes unpunished."

"Believing nothing does whilst there remained anything else to be done."

"Might was the measure of right."

"Each man makes his own shipwreck."

"Even so, when the framework of the world is dissolved, and the final hour, closing so many ages, reverts to pristine chaos, then the fiery stars will drop into the sea, and the earth will shake off the ocean...and the whole distracted firmament will overthrow its laws."

"With silent whisperings we, for ill things supplicants be."

"A crime which is the crime of many none avenge."

"A show of daring oft conceals great fear."

"Away with delay?it always injures those who are prepared."

"Great fear is concealed under daring."

"He believed that he was born, not for himself, but for the whole world."

"Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehension."

"By daring, great fears are often concealed."

"Deep-seated are the wounds dealt in civil brawls."

"Emulation adds its spur."

"In a state of anarchy power is the measure of right."

"Is there any other seat of the Divinity than the earth, sea, air, the heavens, and virtuous minds? why do we seek God elsewhere? He is whatever you see; He is wherever you move."

"It is not becoming to turn from friends in adversity, but then it is for those who have basked in the sunshine of their prosperity to adhere to them. No one was ever so foolish as to select the unfortunate for a friend."

"Learn on how little man may live, and how small a portion nature requires."

"Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship."

"Poverty is shunned and persecuted all over the globe."

"Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name."

"The conqueror is not so much pleased by entering into open gates, as by forcing his way. He desires not the fields to be cultivated by the patient husbandman; he would have them laid waste by fire and sword. It would be his shame to go by a way already opened."

"There is no friendship between those associated in power; he who rules will always be impatient of an associate."

"I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate."

"Thou chiefest good, bestow?d by heaven, but seldom understood."

"Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear."