Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Virgil, also Vergil, fully Publius Vergilius Maro NULL

Roman Poet known for the epic "Aeneid"

"Happy the man who has learned the cause of things and has put under his feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed."

"Love conquers all; and we must yield to Love."

"They are able because they think they are able... They can conquer who believe they can... They can do all because they think they can."

"Vice is nourished and kept alive by concealment."

"Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor?"

"Fortune sides with him who dares."

"Fortune befriends the bold."

"Fear betrays unworthy souls."

"In the throat Of Hell, before the very vestibule Of opening Orcus, sit Remorse and Grief, And pale Disease, and sad Old Age and Fear, And Hunger that persuades to crime, and Want: Forms terrible to see. Suffering and Death Inhabit here, and Death’s own brother Sleep; And the mind’s evil lusts and deadly War, Lie at the threshold, and the iron beds Of the Eumenides; and Discord wild Her viper-locks with bloody fillets bound. E'en in mid-harvest, while the jocund swain Pluck’d from the brittle stalk the golden grain, Oft have I seen the war of winds contend, And prone on earth th’ infuriate storm descend, Waste far and wide, and by the roots uptorn, The heavy harvest sweep through ether borne, As the light straw and rapid stubble fly In dark’ning whirlwinds round the wintry sky."

"A fault is fostered by concealment."

"A feeble dart short of its mark."

"A fickle and capricious woman."

"A fickle and changeful thing is a woman ever."

"A god will also give us an end to this."

"A mighty pomp, but made of little things"

"A snake lurks in the grass."

"Age carries all things away, even the mind."

"A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing."

"A woman is always changeable and capricious."

"Age bears away with it all things, even the powers of the mind."

"Accursed thirst for gold! what dost thou not compel mortals to do?"

"A woman the leader of the enterprise."

"All these souls, after they have passed away a thousand years, are summoned by the divine ones in great array, to the Lethean river… In this way they become forgetful of the former earth-life, and re-visit the vaulted realms of the world, willing to return again into living bodies."

"All these you see are helpless and unburied."

"All things deteriorate in time."

"Along the banks beneath the branching ilex, a huge white sow stretched out upon the ground together with a new-delivered litter of thirty suckling white pigs at her teats"

"An hour will come, with pleasure to relate your sorrows past, as benefits of Fate."

"An immense, misshapen, marvelous monster, whose eye is out."

"All of which misery I saw, part of which I was."

"All of us cannot do/know everything."

"Alas! it is not well for anyone to be confident when the gods are adverse."

"All our sweetest hours fly fastest."

"And I could not believe that with my going I should bring so great a grief as this. But stay your steps. Do not retreat from me. Whom do you flee? This is the last time fate will let us speak."

"And there stalks Discord delighted with her torn mantle."

"Angels boast ethereal vigor, and are formed from seeds of heavenly birth."

"Arcadians skilled in song will sing my woes upon the hills. Softly shall my bones repose, if you in future sing my loves upon your pipe."

"Are you now laying the foundations of high Carthage, as servant to a woman?"

"As a twig is bent the tree inclines."

"As long as rivers shall run down to the sea, or shadows touch the mountain slopes, or stars graze in the vault of heaven, so long shall your honor, your name, your praises endure."

"At some point, people will not to have to travel with a laptop but with a disk."

"At this the loud outcries of Salius reach everyone within that vast arena."

"Be happy ye, whose fortunes are already completed."

"Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others."

"Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert."

"Believe one who has tried it."

"Better times perhaps await us who are now wretched."

"But meanwhile time flies; it flies never to be regained."

"But we should first learn the winds and the nature of the sky, the customary cultivation and the ways of the place. What each region bears and rejects. Here corn shoots up and there grapes do. Elsewhere young trees grow strong and the wild grasses."

"Can heavenly breasts such stormy passions feel?"

"Cares deny all rest to weary limbs."