Ennius, fully Quintus Ennius

Ennius, fully Quintus Ennius
c. 239 B.C.
c. 169 B.C.

Roman Writer, considered the father of Roman poetry.

Author Quotes

Here is he laid to whom for daring deed, nor friend nor foe could render worthy meed.

How like us is that ugly brute, the ape!

Let no one honor me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of me.

Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping.

May his body rest free from evil.

O friend unseen, unborn, unknown, Student of our sweet English tongue, I never indulge in poetics - Unless I am down with rheumatics.

On the traditions and heroes of ancient times stands firm the Roman state.

The ape, vilest of beasts, how like to us.

They hate whom they fear.

By delaying he preserved the state.

Fortune favors the bold.

Whom men fear they hate, and whom they hate, they wish dead.

Without friendship life is nothing.

Whatever you give, give quickly.

The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage.

To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.

The victor is not victorious if the vanquished does not consider himself so.

The sure friend is discerned in unsure circumstances.

The idle mind knows not what it wants.

The Roman state stands by ancient customs, and its manhood.

That is true liberty, which bears a pure and firm breast.

One man restored our fortunes by delay.

One man by delay restored the state, for he preferred the public safety to idle report.

One man by delaying saved the state for us.

No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.

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First Name
Ennius, fully Quintus Ennius
Birth Date
c. 239 B.C.
Death Date
c. 169 B.C.

Roman Writer, considered the father of Roman poetry.