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Virgil Quotes


Roman poet and author of the Roman Empire's national epic, Aeneid.
(170 BC - 19 BC)

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A fault is fostered by concealment.
 

A fickle and changeful thing is a woman ever.
 

A snake lurks in the grass.
 

Accursed thirst for gold! what dost thou not compel mortals to do?
[Gold]
 

Age steals away all things, even the mind.
 

All our sweetest hours fly fastest.
 

All things deteriorate in time.
 

As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
 

Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.
 

Better times perhaps await us who are now wretched.
 

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

Cease to think that the decrees of the gods can be changed by prayers.
 

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
 

Command large fields, but cultivate small ones.
[Agriculture]
 

Confidence cannot find a place wherein to rest in safety.
 

Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.
 

Curst greed of gold, what crimes thy tyrant power has caused.
 

Death's brother, Sleep.
 

Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you.
 

Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts.
 


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