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48 Famous Quotes by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

A lucky man is rarer than a white crow. [Lat., Felix ille tamen corvo quoque rarior albo.]

Luck Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VII, 202)

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Many commit the same crimes with a very different result. One bears a cross for his crime; another a crown. [Lat., Multi committunt eadem diverso crimina fato; Ille crucem scleris pretium tulit, hic diadema.]

Crime Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIII, 103)

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

Patriotism Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VIII, 244), title bestowed on Cicero (64 BC) after his consulship

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Satire is what closes Saturday night.

Satire Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (I, 29)

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Whatever guilt is perpetrated by some evil prompting, is grievous to the author of the crime. This is the first punishment of guilt that no one who is guilty is acquitted at the judgment seat of his own conscience. [Lat., Exemplo quodcumque malo committitur, ipsi Displicet auctori. Prima est haec ultio, quod se Judice nemo nocens absolvitur.]

Guilt Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIII, 1)

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Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools. [Lat., At vindicta bonum vita jucundius ipsa nempe hoc indocti.]

Revenge Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIII, 180)

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Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind. [Lat., Semper et infirmi est animi exiguique voluptas Ultio.]

Revenge Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIII, 189)

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No one rejoices more in revenge than woman. [Lat., Vindicta Nemo magis gaudet quam foemina.]

Revenge Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIII, 191)

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Whence do you derive the power and privilege of a parent, when you, though an old man, do worse things (than your child)? [Lat., Unde tibi frontem libertatemque parentis, Cum facias pejora senex?

Example Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (XIV, 56)

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With thumb turned. [Lat., Verso pollice.]

Judgment Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (III, 36)

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What is there that you enter upon so favorably as not to repent of the undertaking and the accomplishment of your wish? [Lat., Quid tam dextro pede concipis ut te conatus non poeniteat votique peracti?]

Judgment Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (X, 5)

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I will it, I order it, let my will stand for a reason. [Lat., Hoc volo, sic jubeo, sit pro ratione voluntas.]

Reason Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VI, 223)

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Everything is Greek, when it is more shameful to be ignorant of Latin. [Lat., Omnia Graece! Cum sit turpe magis nostris nescire Latine.]

Linguists Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VI, 187), (second line said to be spurious)

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Of what use are pedigrees, or to be thought of noble blood, or the display of family portraits, O Ponticus? [Lat., Stemmata quid faciunt, quid prodest, Pontice, longo, Sanguine censeri pictosque ostendere vultus.]

Ancestry Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VIII, 1)

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Bid the hungry Greek go to heaven, he will go. [Lat., Graeculus esuriens in coelum, jusseris, ibit.]

Hunger Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (III, 78)

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Who'd bear to hear the Gracchi chide sedition? (Listen to those who denounce what they do themselves.) [Lat., Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditone querentes?]

Faults Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (II, 24)

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And though you duck them ne'er so long, Not one salt drop e'er wets their tongue; On eagles' wings immortal scandals fly, While virtuous actions are but borne to die.

Scandal Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (IX), (Harvey's translation)

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In their palate alone is their reason of existence. [Lat., In solo vivendi causa palata est.]

Eating Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (II, 11)

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To eat at another's table is your ambition's height. [Lat., Bona summa putes, aliena vivere quadra.]

Eating Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (V, 2)

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I only feel, but want the power to paint. [Lat., Nequeo monstrare et sentio tantum.]

Painting Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (VII, 56)

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For He, who gave this vast machine to roll, Breathed Life in then, in us a Reasoning Soul; That kindred feelings might our state improve, And mutual wants conduct to mutual love.

Humanity Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satire XV (l. 203)

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The fisherman could perhaps be bought for less than the fish. [Lat., Potuit fortasse minoria Piscator quam piscis emi.]

Fishermen Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (satire IV, l. 26)

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Man, wretched man, whene'er he stoops to sin, Feels, with the act, a strong remorse within.

Remorse Quotes, by Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal) , Source: Satires (satire XIII, l. 1), (William Gifford's translation)

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