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71 Famous Quotes by Marcus Valerius Martial

You give me back, Phoebus, my bond for four hundred thousand sesterces; lend me rather a hundred thousand more. Seek some one else to whom you may vaunt your empty present: what I cannot pay you, Phoebus, is my own.

Borrowing Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 102)

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There are many different voice and languages; but there is but one voice of the peoples when you are declared to be the true "Father of your country." [Lat., Vox diversa sonat: populorum est vox tamen una, Cum verus Patriae diceris esse Pater.]

Patriotism Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: De Spectaculis (III, 11)

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That which prevents disagreeable flies from feeding on your repast, was once the proud tail of a splendid bird.

Birds Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 67)

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The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge.

Swans Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. LXXVII)

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Can the fish love the fisherman? [Lat., Piscatorem piscis amare potest?]

Fishermen Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 63, l. 5)

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Glory paid to our ashes comes too late. [Lat., Cineri gloria sera est.]

Glory Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (I, 26, 8)

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A fisherman's walk: three steps and overboard.

Fishermen Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 63, l. 5)

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Since your legs, Phoebus, resemble the horns of the moon, you might bathe your feet in a cornucopia.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. II, ep. 35)

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To have nothing is not poverty. [Lat., Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (XI, 32, 8)

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Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none. [Lat., Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (XII, 10, 2)

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Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the table.

Proverbs Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (XII, 10, 2)

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Whoever makes great presents, expects great presents in return. [Lat., Quisquis magna dedit, voluit sibi magna remitti.]

Gifts Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (V, 59, 3)

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When Fannius from his foe did fly Himself with his own hands he slew; Who e'er a greater madness knew? Life to destroy for fear to die.

Suicide Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. II, 80)

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Diaulus, lately a doctor, is now an undertaker' what he does as an undertaker, he used to do also as a doctor.

Undertakers Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 47)

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Some are good, some are middling, the most are bad. [Lat., Sunt bona, sunt quaedam mediocria, sunt mala plura.]

Comparisons Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (I, 17, 1)

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Such are thou and I: but what I am thou canst not be; what thou art any one of the multitude may be. [Lat., Hoc ego, tuque sumus: set quod sum, non potes esse: Tu quod es, e populo quilibet esse potest.]

Comparisons Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (V, 13, 9)

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My suit has nothing to do with the assault, or battery, or poisoning, but is about three goats, which, I complain, have been stolen by my neighbor. This the judge desires to have proved to him; but you, with swelling words and extravagant gestures, dilate on the Battle of Cannae, the Mithridatic war, and the perjuries of the insensate Carthaginians, the Syllae, the Marii, and the Mucii. It is time, Postumus, to say something about my three goats.

Judges Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 19)

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I pleaded your cause, Sextus, having agreed to do so for two thousand sesterces. How is it that you have sent me only a thousand? "You said nothing," you tell me; "and this cause was lost through you." You ought to give me so much the more, Sextus, as I had to blush for you.

Judges Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VIII, ep. 18)

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To-morrow you will live, you always cry; In what fair country does this morrow lie, That 'tis so mighty long ere it arrive? Beyond the Indies does this morrow live? 'Tis so far-fetched, this morrow, that I fear 'Twill be both very old and very dear. "To-morrow I will live," the fool does say: To-day itself's too late;--the wise lived yesterday.

Tomorrow Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. LVIII)

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Work divided is in that manner shortened. [Lat., Divisum sic breve fiet opus.]

Work Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IV, 83, 8)

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Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumb-bells? To dig a vineyard is a worthier exercise for men.

Work Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 49)

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A beau is one who arranges his curled locks gracefully, who ever smells of balm, and cinnamon; who hums the songs of the Nile, and Cadiz; who throws his sleek arms into various attitudes; who idles away the whole day among the chair of the ladies, and is ever whispering into some one's ear; who reads little billets- doux from this quarter and that, and writes them in return; who avoids ruffling his dress by contact with his neighbour's sleeve, who knows with whom everybody is in love; who flutters from feast to feast, who can recount exactly the pedigree of Hirpinus. What do you tell me? is this a beau, Cotilus? Then a beau, Cotilus, is a very trifling thing.

Foppery Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. III, ep. 6)

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While an ant was wandering under the shade of the tree of Phaeton, a drop of amber enveloped the tiny insect; thus she, who in life was disregarded, became precious by death.

Ants Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 15)

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The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaeton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death.

Bees Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. 32)

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In adversity it is easy to despise life; he is truly brave who can endure a wretched life. [Lat., Rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam; Fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest.]

Bravery Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (XI, 56, 15)

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