Ovidius Quotes

Who is Ovidius?

Pūblius Ovidius Nāsō known in English as Ovid, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. Ovid is best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative.

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Best 19 Quotes by Ovidius

“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.”

“Anything cracked will shatter at a touch.”

“Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together.”

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”

“First appearance deceives many.”

“God himself helps those who dare.”

“Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.”

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“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind and has given up worrying once and for all.”

“I flee who chases me and chase who flees me.”

“If you would be loved, be lovable.”

“If you would marry suitably, marry your equal.”

“In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.”

“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.”

“Nothing is stronger than habit.”

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“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”

“We always strive after what is forbidden, and desire the things refused us.”

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“To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.”

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“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”


Metamorphoses Quotes

“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.”


“One should learn even from one's enemies.”


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