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Ovid Quotes


A Roman poet who wrote on topics of love, abandoned women, and mythological transformations.
(43 BC - 17 AD)

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A field becomes exhausted by constant tillage.
[Agriculture]
 

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
 

A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
 

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
 

A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
 

A woman is always buying something.
[Women]
 

Against the bold, daring is unsafe.
[Against]
 

Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks.
 

All love is vanquished by a succeeding love.
 

All things change, nothing is extinguished.
[Change]
 

All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.
 

Alternate rest and labor long endure.
[Rest]
 

Although they possess enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more.
 

An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.
 

An evil life is a kind of death.
 

Art lies by its own artifice.
 

As for courage and will- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.
 

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
 

At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.
 

Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
 


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