Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso
43 B.C.
17 A.D.

Roman Poet, Man of Letters

Author Quotes

What we can have as a matter of course is not valued; what is denied we eagerly covet.

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.

Yield to the opposer by yielding you will obtain the victory.

When a rose dies, a thorn is left behind.

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.

You began better than you have finished; the last act is not equal to the first.

When disposition wins us, the features please.

While prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone.

You can learn from anyone even your enemy.

When he, whoever of the gods it was, had thus arranged in order and resolved that chaotic mass, and reduced it, thus resolved, to cosmic parts, he first molded the Earth into the form of a mighty ball so that it might be of like form on every side ? And, that no region might be without its own forms of animate life, the stars and divine forms occupied the floor of heaven, the sea fell to the shining fishes for their home, Earth received the beasts, and the mobile air the birds ? Then Man was born:? though all other animals are prone, and fix their gaze upon the earth, he gave to Man an uplifted face and bade him stand erect and turn his eyes to heaven.

While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot.

You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.

When I was from Cupid's passions free, my Muse was mute and wrote no elegy.

Who knows how long I've loved you, you know I love you still. Will I wait a lonely lifetime? If you want me to I will.

You who seek an end of love, love yields to business: be busy, and you will be safe.

What is hid is unknown: for what is unknown there is no desire.

When the character's right, looks are a greater delight.

Who puts end to a passion with hate, or love, or cannot stop suffering.

You will be safest in the middle.

What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.

When the heart is sick it cannot bear the slightest annoyance.

Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.

You will go most safely by the middle way.

What is lawful is undesirable; what is unlawful is very attractive.

When the lightning strikes but one, not one only does it terrify.

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First Name
Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso
Birth Date
43 B.C.
Death Date
17 A.D.

Roman Poet, Man of Letters