It is no easy matter to say commonplace things in an original way.
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
A poem is like a painting.
Who then is sane? He who is not a fool.
It is not enough that poetry is agreeable, it should also be interesting.
I shall strike the stars with my uplifted head.
What has not wasting time impaired?
Everything, virtue, glory, honor, things human and divine, all are slaves to riches.
A man polished to the nail.
You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
There is a middle ground in things.
There is need of brevity, that the thought may run on.
A man of refined taste and judgment.
What will this boaster produce worthy of this mouthing? The mountains are in labor; a ridiculous mouse will be born.
In laboring to be concise, I become obscure.
There is a proper measure in all things, certain limits beyond which and short of which right is not to be found. Who so cultivates the golden mean avoids the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
I have completed a monument more lasting than brass.
Blind self-love, vanity, lifting aloft her empty head, and indiscretion, prodigal of secrets more transparent than glass, follow close behind.
Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind! but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them.
I will perform the function of a whetstone, which is about to restore sharpness to iron, though itself unable to cut.
Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.
Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
Consider well what your strength is equal to, and what exceeds your ability.
Whatever you teach, be brief; what is quickly said, the mind readily receives and faithfully retains, everything superfluous runs over as from a full vessel.
Busy not yourself in looking forward to the events of to-morrow; but whatever may be those of the days Providence may yet assign you neglect not to turn them to advantage.
The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.
Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.
Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?
Guard himself as he may, every moment's an ambush.
Joys do not fall to the rich alone; nor has he lived ill of whose birth and death no one took note.
The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at.
Jokes aside, let us turn to serious matters.
Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.
She -- philosophy is equally helpful to the rich and poor: neglect her, and she equally harms the young and old.
In truth it is best to learn wisdom, and abandoning all nonsense, to leave it to boys to enjoy their season of play and mirth.
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it A mistress, if thou knowest not.
I have lived: tomorrow the Father may fill the sky with black clouds or with cloudless sunshine.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own: he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow, to thy worst, for I have liv'd today.
Virtuosi have been long remarked to have little conscience in their favorite pursuits. A man will steal a rarity who would cut off his hand rather than take the money it is worth. Yet, in fact, the crime is the same.
The consummate pleasure (in eating) is not in the costly flavour, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce for sweating?
Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.
Let this be your wall of brass, to have nothing on your conscience, no guilt to make you turn pale.
Fate with impartial hand turns out the doom of high and low; her capacious urn is constantly shaking the names of all mankind.
If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
Brighter than Parian marble.
If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.
The cautious wolf fears the pit, the hawk regards with suspicion the snare laid for her, and the fish the hook in its concealment.
And Tragedy should blush as much to stoop To the low mimic follies of a farce, As a grave matron would to dance with girls.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
We are deceived by the appearance of right.
If it is well with your belly, chest and feet -- the wealth of kings can't give you more.
A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
Wise were the kings who never chose a friend till with full cups they had unmasked his soul, and seen the bottom of his deepest thoughts.
From the egg to the apple.
Whither, O god of wine, art thou hurrying me, whilst under thy all-powerful influence?
Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit. You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.
Excellence when concealed, differs but little from buried worthlessness.
He who studies to imitate the poet Pindar, O Julius, relies on artificial wings fastened on with wax, and is sure to give his name to a glassy sea.
One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.
Live mindful of how brief your life is.
Money, make money; by honest means if you can; if not, by any means make money.
Let him who has enough ask for nothing more.
The earth opens impartially her bosom to receive the beggar and the prince.
Faults are soon copied.
Not to hope for things to last forever, is what the year teaches and even the hour which snatches a nice day away.
In the word of no master am I bound to believe.
Silver is less valuable than gold, gold than virtue.
To have begun is half the job; be bold and be sensible.
Not worth is an example that does not solve the problem.
Blend a little folly with thy worldly plans: it is delightful to give loose on a proper occasion.
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided.
He despises what he sought; and he seeks that which he lately threw away.
Increasing wealth is attended by care and by the desire of greater increase.
A good resolve will make any port.
Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.
The ridiculous is more easily retained than the admirable.
When a man is pleased with the lot of others, he is dissatisfied with his own, as a matter of course.
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
The muse does not allow the praise-de-serving here to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.
He who feared that he would not succeed sat still.
It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.
Mediocrity in poets has never been tolerated by either men, or gods, or booksellers.
He who speaks ill of an absent friend, or fails to take his part if attacked by another, that man is a scoundrel.
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
Friends fly away when the cask has been drained to the dregs.
He who has lost his money-belt will go where you wish.
All in good time.
The more a man denies himself, the more shall he obtain from God.
Get what start the sinner may, Retribution, for all her lame leg, never quits his track.
Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but, all unwept and unknown, are lost in the distant night, since they are without a divine poet (to chronicle their deeds).
You have played enough; you have eaten and drunk enough. Now it is time for you to depart.
The sorrowful dislike the gay, and the gay the sorrowful.
While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
He who sings the praises of his boyhood's days.
Luck cannot change birth.
Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
Gladly take the gifts of the present hour and abandon serious things!
Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.
What can be found equal to modesty, uncorrupt faith, the sister of justice, and undisguised truth?
Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
Drive Nature out with a pitchfork, yet she hurries back, And will burst through your foolish contempt, triumphant.
What does not wasting time change! The age of our parents, worse than that of our grandsires, has brought us forth more impious still, and we shall produce a more vicious progeny.
He's arm'd without that's innocent within;
Be this thy Screen, and this thy Wall of Brass.
The cook cares not a bit for toil, toil, if the fowl be plump and fat.
Take away the danger and remove the restraint, and wayward nature runs free.
And seek for truth in the groves of Academe.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
Never inquire into another man's secret; bur conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both be wine and anger to reveal it.
Even virtue followed beyond reason's rule May stamp the just man knave, the sage a fool.
Stronger than thunder's winged force All-powerful gold can speed its course; Through watchful guards its passage make, And loves through solid walls to break.
Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam. Instruction enlarges the natural powers of the mind.
Don't waste the opportunity.
Heir follows heir, as wave succeeds to wave.
What has this unfeeling age of ours left untried, what wickedness has it shunned?
Why then should words challenge Eternity, When greatest men, and greatest actions die? Use may revive the obsoletest words, And banish those that now are most in vogue; Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.
That man lives happy and in command of himself, who from day to day can say I have lived. Whether clouds obscure, or the sun illumines the following day, that which is past is beyond recall.
A jest often decides matters of importance more effectively and happily than seriousness.
The stingy are always in need.
A person will gain everyone's approval if he mixes the pleasant with the useful.
What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.
Whatever things injure your eye you are anxious to remove; but things which affect your mind you defer.
Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.
Not even piety will stay wrinkles, nor the encroachments of age, nor the advance of death, which cannot be resisted.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Force without judgement falls on its own weight.
Don't yield to that alluring witch, laziness, or else be prepared to surrender all that you have won in your better moments.
I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty.
Designedly God covers in dark night the issue of futurity.
Music is an incitement to love.
Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.
Often a purple patch or two is tacked on to a serious work of high promise, to give an effect of colour.
A cup concealed in the dress is rarely honestly carried.
Imagine every day to he 5 the last6 of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger, and fear. The hours, that come unexpectedly, will be so much the more grateful.
It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.
The higher the tower, the greater the fall thereof.
I am frightened at seeing all the footprints directed towards thy den, and none returning.
Sometimes even excellent Homer nods.
Our years Glide silently away. No tears, No loving orisons repair The wrinkled cheek, the whitening hair That drop forgotten to the tomb.
Virtue, dear friend, needs no defense,
The surest guard is innocence:
None knew, till guilt created fear,
What darts or poisoned arrows were.
Posterity, thinned by the crime of its ancestors, shall hear of those battles.
A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
Keep the faith.
Do not pursue with the terrible scourge him who deserves a slight whip.
The work you are treating is one full of dangerous hazard, and you are treading over fires lurking beneath treacherous ashes.
A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again.
While your client is watching for you at the front door, slip out at the back.
Leuconoe, close the book of fate, For troubles are in store, ... Live today, tomorrow is not.
Let your poem be kept nine years.
Strange -- is it not? That of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
Pry not into the affairs of others, and keep secret that which has been entrusted to you, though sorely tempted by wine and passion.
When your throat is parched with thirst, do you desire a cup of gold?
Painters and poets," you say, "have always had an equal license in bold invention." We know; we claim the liberty for ourselves and in turn we give it to others.
An accomplished man to his fingertips.
Ridicule is often employed with more power and success than severity.
It will be practicable to blot written words which you do not publish; but the spoken word it is not possible to recall.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
He tells old wives' tales much to the point.
The envious pine at others' success; no greater punishment than envy was devised by Sicilian tyrants.
Welcome will arrived, the hour that was not hoped for.
When putting words together is good to do it with nicety and caution, your elegance and talent will be evident if by putting ordinary words together you create a new voice.
Dismiss the old horse in good time, lest he fail in the lists and the spectators laugh.
Wisdom at times is found in folly.
The arrow will not always find the mark intended.
Years, following years, steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.
I live and reign since I have abandoned those pleasures which you by your praises extol to the skies.
Don't carry logs into the forest.
Aiming at brevity, I become obscure.
My age, my inclinations, are no longer what they were.
It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire.
Curst is the wretch enslaved to such a vice,
Who ventures life and soul upon the dice.
That I make poetry and give pleasure -- if I give pleasure -- are because of you.
Be smart, drink your wine.
Mingle some brief folly with wisdom now: To be foolish is sweet at times.
Boy, I loathe Persian luxury.
Riches either serve or govern the possessor.
Those who seek for much are left in want of much. Happy is he to whom God has given, with sparing hand, as much as is enough.
Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
Flames too soon acquire strength if disregarded.
Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.
Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets' being second-rate.
Victory is by nature superb and insulting.
We are but ciphers, born to consume earth's fruits.
By the favour of the heavens.
Nature is harmony in discord.
Your property is in danger when your neighbour's house is on fire.
Yet Glory drags in chains behind her dazzling car
the obscure no less than the noble.
Who has courage to say no again and again to desires, to despise the objects of ambition, who is a whole in himself, smoothed and rounded.
False praise can please, and calumny affright
None but the vicious, and the hypocrite.
Catch the opportunity while it lasts, and rely not on what the morrow may bring.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
Those who cross the sea, change sky, but not soul.
Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even.
Though things are bad now, they will not always be so.
Be wise, decant the wine, and since our space is brief, cut back your far-reaching hope. Even while we talk, envious time has fled away: seize the day, put little trust in what is to come.
The fellow is either a madman or a poet.
The Muse gave the Greeks genius and the art of the well-turned phrase.
Joy, grief, desire or fear, whate'er the name The passion bears, its influence is the same; Where things exceed your hope or fall below, You stare, look blank, grow numb from top to toe.
Now, that's enough.
Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?
No, but you're wrong now, and always will be.
Cease to ask what the morrow
will bring forth,
and set down as gain
each day that fortune grants.
Let me posses what I now have, or even less, so that I may enjoy my remaining days, if Heaven grant any to remain.
He makes himself ridiculous who is for ever repeating the same mistake.
Every old poem is sacred.
Virtue consists in fleeing vice.
Not treasured wealth, nor the consul's lictor, can dispel the mind's bitter conflicts and the cares that flit, like bats, about your fretted roofs.
The just man having a firm grasp of his intentions, neither the heated passions of his fellow men ordaining something awful, nor a tyrant staring him in the face, will shake in his convictions.
An envious man grows lean at another's fatness.
Gold delights to walk through the very midst of the guard, and to break its way through hard rocks, more powerful in its blow than lightning.
It was intended to be a vase, it has turned out a pot.
Rains driven by storms fall not perpetually on the land already sodden, neither do varying gales for ever disturb the Caspian sea.
Necessity takes impartially the highest and the lowest.
One musts avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness.
Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!
I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunset. I came home with all of it in my mind.
Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
He is not poor who has the use of necessary things.
When I caution you against becoming a miser, I do not therefore advise you to become a prodigal or a spendthrift.
Ridicule often cuts the knot, where severity fails.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
We hate virtue when it is safe; when removed from our sight we diligently seek it.
There are lessons to be learned from a stupid man.
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
Happy is the man to whom nature has given a sufficiency with even a sparing hand.
Punishment closely follows guilt as its companion.
High descent and meritorious deeds, unless united to wealth, are as useless as seaweed.
The whole race of scribblers flies from the town and yearns for country life.
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word.
A crafty knave needs no broker.
Superfluous advice is not retained by the full mind.
Fire, if neglected, will soon gain strength.
Let those who drink not, but austerely dine, dry up in law; the Muses smell of wine.
We are free to yield to truth.
Difficulties elicit talents that in more fortunate circumstances would lie dormant.
It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others.
Cease to admire the smoke, wealth, and noise of prosperous Rome.
When life's path is steep, keep your mind even.
Avoid greatness in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favourites enjoy.
Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men,
Nor men the weak anxieties of age.
Death is the last limit of all things.
Teaching brings out innate powers, and proper training braces the intellect.
I have erected amonument more lasting than bronze.
I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
Don't just put it off and think about it!
Captive Greece took captive her savage conqueror.
In a moment comes either death or joyful victory.
The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.
What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.
We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. That man is best who has fewest.
I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.
Shun to seek what is hid in the womb of the morrow, and set down as gain in life's ledger whatever time fate shall have granted thee.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
It makes a great difference whether Davus or a hero speaks.
He that cuts off twenty years of life
Cuts off so many years of fearing death.
Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
Frugality is one thing, avarice another.
Fidelity is the sister of justice.
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.
Happy the man who, removed from all cares of business, after the manner of his forefathers cultivates with his own team his paternal acres, freed from all thought of usury.
Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts.
Better wilt thou live...by neither always pressing out to sea nor too closely hugging the dangerous shore in cautious fear of storms.
A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness.
What may not be altered is made lighter by patience.
The cask will long retain the flavour of the wine with which it was first seasoned.
Be this thy brazen bulwark, to keep a clear conscience, and never turn pale with guilt.
If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
It is delightful to play the fool.
Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
The body oppressed by excesses bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we had been endowed with.
If nothing is delightful without love and jokes, then live in love and jokes.
The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tryant.
He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.
Physicians attend to the business of physicians, and workmen handle the tools of workmen.
Let hopes and sorrows, fears and angers be,
And think each day that dawns the last you'll see;
For so the hour that greets you unforeseen
Will bring with it enjoyment twice as keen.
Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
The dispute is still before the judge.
Life gives nothing to man without labor.
He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
Those who covet much suffer from the want.
The body, enervated by the excesses of the preceding day, weighs down and prostates the mind also.
Busy idleness urges us on.
Wherever the storm carries me, I go a willing guest.
Don't think, just do.
No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.
Day is pushed out by day, and each new moon hastens to its death.
The shame of fools conceals their open wounds.
Smooth out with wine the worries of a wrinkled brow.
We hate merit while it is with us; when taken away from our gaze, we long for it jealously.
Mighty to inspire new hopes, and able to drown the bitterness of cares.
Though your threshing floor grind a hundred thousand bushels of corn, not for that reason will your stomach hold more than mine.
How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot in life which he has chosen, or which chance has thrown in his way, but praises those who follow a different course?
A dowried wife, friends, beauty, birth, fair fame, These are the gifts of money, heavenly dame: Be but a moneyed man, persuasion tips Your tongue, and Venus settles on your lips.
Keep clear of courts: a homely life transcends The vaunted bliss of monarchs and their friends.
When evil times prevail, take care to preserve the serenity of your hear.
It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.
I beseech you to treasure up in your hearts these my parting words: Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Happy he who far from business, like the primitive are of mortals, cultivates with his own oxen the fields of his fathers, free from all anxieties of gain.
Seek not to inquire what the morrow will bring with it.
You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back.
A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
The mind that is cheerful in its present state, will be averse to all solicitude as to the future, and will meet the bitter occurrences of life with a placid smile.
If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.
It is but a poor establishment where there are not many superfluous things which the owner knows not of, and which go to the thieves.
A leech that will not quit the skin until sated with blood.
He who would reach the desired goal must, while a boy, suffer and labor much and bear both heat and cold.
Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.
Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
An undertaking beset with danger.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
He who is begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.
A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
What does it avail you, if of many thorns only one be removed.
Oh! thou who are greatly mad, deign to spare me who am less mad.
He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.
In adversity be spirited and firm, and with equal prudence lessen your sail when filled with a too fortunate gale of prosperity.
Sovereign money procures a wife with a large fortune, gets a man credit, creates friends, stands in place of pedigree, and even of beauty.