“Sooner would the birds be silent in spring, the grasshoppers in summer, sooner would the Mænalian dog turn its back upon the hare, than the fair, attentively courted, would resist the youth”
latin: [Vere prius volucres taceant, aestate cicadae, Maenalius lepori det sua terga canis, femina quam iuveni blande temptata repugnet]
source: Ovid, Ars Amatoria, I.745
“True art is to conceal art”
latin: [Ars est celare artem]
source: Ovid, Ars Amatoria
“Here I am the barbarian, and I’m understood by no one, and the stupid Getae make fun of the Latin words which I speak”
latin: [Barbarus hic ego sum, qui non intellegor ulli et vident stolidi verba latine Getae]
description: Ovid’s reflection in exile in Tomis on the Black Sea. In not entirely clear circumstances, Augustus sentenced the poet to a life-long compulsory stay in a town in the borderlands inhabited by the Getae.
source: Ovid, Tristia, V.10.37
“I see and approve of the better, but I follow the worse”
latin: [Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor]
source: Ovid, Metamorphoses, VII.20-1
“Resist the beginnings (and consider the end)”
latin: [Principiis obsta]
source: Ovid, Remedia Amoris, 91
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