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71 Famous Quotes by Marcus Valerius Martial

You ask for lively epigrams, and propose lifeless subjects. What can I do, Caecilianus? You expect Hyblaen or Hymethian honey to be produced, and yet offer the Attic bee nothing but Corsican thyme?

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XI, ep. 42)

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When to secure your bald pate from the weather, You lately wore a cape of black neats' leather; He was a very wag, who to you said, "Why do you wear your slippers on your head?"

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 45), (trans. by Hay)

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See how the mountain goat hangs from the summit of the cliff; you would expect it to fall; it is merely showing its contempt for the dogs.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 99)

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Never think of leaving perfumes or wine to your heir. Administer these yourself, and let him have your money.

Epigrams Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, sp. 126)

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Be merry if you are wise. [Lat., Ride si sapis.]

Merriment Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (II, 41, 1)

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Joys do not stay, but take wing and fly away. [Lat., Gaudia non remanent, sed fugitiva volant.]

Joy Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, 16, 8)

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Birdes of a feather will flocke togither.

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

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Every bird that upwards swings Bears the Cross upon its wings.

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

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I am a shell-fish just come from being saturated with the waters of the Lucrine lake, near Baiae; but now I luxuriously thrust for noble pickle.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. 13, ep. 82)

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You praise, in three hundred verses, Sabellus, the baths of Ponticus, who gives such excellent dinners. You wish to dine, Sabellus, not to bathe.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 19)

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Philo swears that he has never dined at home, and it is so; he does not dine at all, except when invited out.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 47)

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Mithriades, by frequently drinking poison, rendered it impossible for any poison to hurt him. You, Cinna, by always dining on next to nothing, have taken due precaution against ever perishing from hunger.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 76)

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Annius has some two hundred tables, and servants for every table. Dishes run hither and thither, and plates fly about. Such entertainments as these keep to yourselves, ye pompous; I am ill pleased with a supper that walks.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. VII, ep. 48)

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As long as I have fat turtle-doves, a fig of your lettuce, my friend, and you may keep your shell-fish to yourself. I have no wish to waste my appetite.

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

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See, how the liver is swollen larger than a fat goose! In amazement you will exclaim: Where could this possibly grow?

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 58)

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Whether woodcock or partridge, what does it signify, if the taste is the same? But the partridge is dearer, and therefore thought preferable.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 76)

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However great the dish that holds the turbot, the turbot is still greater than the dish.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 81)

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If my opinion is of any worth, the fieldfare is the greatest delicacy among birds, the hare among quadrupeds.

Eating Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIII, ep. 92)

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She grieves sincerely who grieves unseen. [Lat., Illa dolet vere qui sine teste dolet.]

Grief Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial , Source: Epigrams (I, 34, 4)

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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Past Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial

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Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.

Appearance Quotes, by Marcus Valerius Martial

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