Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso NULL

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

"A bad cause should be silent."

"A good disposition is a virtue in itself, and it is lasting; the burden of the years cannot depress it, and love that is founded on it endures to the end."

"Burdens become light when cheerfully borne."

"By habit love enters the mind; by habit is love unlearnt."

"All things change, nothing perishes."

"Habits change into character."

"Ever filled with anxious fear is love."

"Happy is he who dares courageously to defend what he loves."

"Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all."

"Frivolous minds are won by trifles."

"In our play we reveal what kind of people we are."

"He who is not prepared to-day, will be less so tomorrow."

"He who holds his tongue is strong."

"It is a smaller thing to suffer punishment than to have deserved it."

"It is not less a virtue to take care of property than to acquire it."

"If you would marry suitably, marry your equal."

"Hope and fear bring trust and mistrust by turns."

"Let us hope while we fear, and fear while we hope, we lovers."

"Let your talk be such as is worthy of belief, and your words such as are commonly used."

"It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears."

"Let the ruler be slow to punish, swift to reward."

"Little things affect little minds."

"No way is barred to virtue."

"Nothing is more powerful than habit."

"Nothing is useful which cannot at the same time be harmful."

"Prudence is the first thing to desert the wretched."

"Pleasant words are the food of love."

"Not among many thousands will you find one man who considers virtue its own reward."

"Safety lies in the middle course."

"Silence is strength."

"Study grows into character."

"Tears too are useful; with tears you can melt iron."

"The art of medicine is a question of timeliness."

"Virtue is nothing if not difficult."

"We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings."

"Yield if you are opposed: by yielding you conquer."

"You cloak your weakness in big words."

"The faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character."

"A sick mind cannot endure harshness."

"All human things hang on a slender thread: the strongest fall with a sudden crash."

"We are always ready to believe a scandal."

"Any one can be rich in promises."

"All things can corrupt perverted minds."

"Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together."

"Do not disturb my wounds if you wish them to heal... When time has assuaged the wounds of the mind, he who unseasonably reminds us of them, opens them afresh."

"Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers."

"Empty pockets travel safe."

"Envy assails the noblest; the winds howl around the highest peaks."

"Envy feeds only on the living."

"Languor seizes the body from bad ventilation."