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71 Famous Quotes by Marcus Valerius Martial

He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.

Borrowing Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 75)

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I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.

Borrowing Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 79)

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My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, "You are a thief."

Plagiarism Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 53)

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Why, simpleton, do you mix your verses with mine? What have you to do, foolish man, with writings that convict you of theft? Why do you attempt to associate foxes with lions, and make owls pass for eagles? Though you had one of Ladas's legs, you would not be able, blockhead, to run with the other leg of wood.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. X, ep. 100)

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You often ask me, Priscus, what sort of person I should be, if I were to become suddenly rich and powerful. Who can determine what would be his future conduct? Tell me, if you were to become a lion, what sort of a lion would you be?

Wealth Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 92)

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You pursue, I fly; you fly, I pursue; such is my humor. What you wish, Dondymus, I do not wish, what you do not wish, I do.

Wishes Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 83)

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I seem to you cruel and too much addicted to gluttony, when I beat my cook for sending up a bad dinner. If that appears to you too trifling a cause, say for what cause you would have a cook flogged.

Cookery Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VIII, ep. 23)

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A cook should double one sense have: for he Should taster for himself and master be.

Cookery Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 220)

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If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.

Cookery Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep.68)

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The swifter hand doth the swift words outrun: Before the tongue hath spoke the hand hath done.

Pen Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 208), (translation by Wright), on a shorthand writer

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You crystal break, for fear of breaking it: Careless and careful hands like faults commit.

Faults Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 111), (translation by Wright)

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You complain, Velox, that the epigrams which I write are long. You yourself write nothing; your attempts are shorter.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 110)

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Report says that you, Fidentinus, recite my compositions in public as if they were your own. If you allow them to be called mine, I will send you my verses gratis; if you wish them to be called yours, pray buy them, that they may be mine no longer.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 29)

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The book which you are reading aloud is mine, Fidentinus; but, while you read it so badly, it begins to be yours.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 38)

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You are pretty,--we know it; and young,--it is true; and rich,-- who can deny it? But when you praise yourself extravagantly, Fabulla, you appear neither rich, nor pretty, nor young.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 64)

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"You are too free spoken," is your constant remark to me, Choerilus. He who speaks against you, Choerilus, is indeed a free speaker.

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

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What's this that myrrh doth still smell in thy kiss, And that with thee no other odour is? 'Tis doubt, my Postumus, he that doth smell So sweetly always, smells not very well.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. II, ep. 12)

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In whatever place you meet me, Postumus, you cry out immediately, and your very first words are, "How do you do?" You say this, even if you meet me ten times in one single hour: you, Postumus, have nothing, I suppose, to do.

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

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If you wish, Faustinus, a bath of boiling water to be reduced in temperature,--a bath, such as scarcely Julianus could enter,--ask the rhetorician Sabinaeus to bathe himself in it. He would freeze the warm baths of Nero.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. III, ep. 25)

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I could do without your face, and your neck, and your hands, and your limbs, and your bosom, and other of your charms. Indeed, not to fatigue myself with enumerating each of them, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. III, ep. 53)

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Lycoris has buried all the female friends she had, Fabianus: would she were the friend of my wife!

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. 24)

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You were constantly, Matho, a guest at my villa at Tivoli. Now you buy it--I have deceived you; I have merely sold you what was already your own.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. 79)

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Do you wonder for what reason, Theodorus, notwithstanding your frequent requests and importunities, I have never presented you with my works? I have an excellent reason; it is lest you should present me with yours.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. V., ep. 73)

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You put fine dishes on your table, Olus, but you always put them on covered. This is ridiculous; in the same way I could put fine dished on my table.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. X, ep. 54)

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And have you been able, Flaccus, to see the slender Thais? Then, Flaccus, I suspect you can see what is invisible.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XI, ep. 101)

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