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Ill habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

Habit Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses (bk. XV, l. 155), (Dryden's translation)

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Habit had made the custom. [Lat., Morem fecerat usus.]

Habit Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses (II, 345)

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We do not bear sweets; we are recruited by a bitter potion. [Lat., Dulcia non ferimus; succo renovamus amaro.]

Medicine Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Ara Amatoria (III, 583)

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Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation. [Lat., Aere non certo corpora languor habet.]

Disease Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Ara Amatoria (II, 310)

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Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers. [Lat., Vitiant artus aegrae contagia mentis.]

Disease Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Tristium (III, 8, 25)

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A wound will perhaps become tolerable with length of time; but wounds which are raw shudder at the touch of the hands. [Lat., Tempore ducetur longo fortasse cicatrix; Horrent admotas vulnera cruda manus.]

Wounds Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 3, 15)

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The wounded gladiator forswears all fighting, but soon forgetting his former wound resumes his arms. [Lat., Saucius ejurat pugnam gladiator, et idem Immemor antiqui vulneris arma capit.]

Wounds Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 5, 37)

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Thou beginnest better than thou endest. The last is inferior to the first. [Lat., Coepisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Heroides (IX, 23)

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The cause is hidden, but the result is known. [Lat., Causa latet: vis est notissima.]

Cause Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses (IV, 287)

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Bear and forbear.

Forgiveness Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: also attributed to Epictetus

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Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves. [Lat., Cernis ut ignavum corrumpant otia corpus Ut capiant vitium ni moveantur aquae.]

Idleness Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 5, 5)

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I am not ashamed that these reproaches can be cast upon us, and that they can not be repelled. [Lat., Pudet haec opprobria nobis Et dici potuisse et non potuisse repelli.]

Shame Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses (bk. I, 758)

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Here shame dissuades him, there his fear prevails, And each by turns his aching heart assails.

Shame Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses (bk. III, Transformation of Actoeon, l. 73), (Addison's translation)

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Indulgent gods, grant me to sin once with impunity. That is sufficient. Let a second offence bear its punishment. [Lat., Di faciles, peccasse semel concedite tuto: Id satis est. Peonam culpa secunda ferat.]

Sin Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Amorum (bk. II, 14, 43)

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He who has it in his power to commit sin, is less inclined to do so. The very idea of being able, weakens the desire. [Lat., Cui peccare licet peccat minus. Ipsa potestas Semina nequitiae languidiora facit.]

Sin Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Amorum (III, 4, 9)

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If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts. [Lat., Si quoties homines peccant sua fulmina mittat Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit.]

Sin Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Tristium (II, 33)

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That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne. [Lat., Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.]

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Amorum (I, 2, 10)

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The raven once in snowy plumes was drest, White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast, Fair as the guardian of the Capitol, Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite To sooty blackness from the purest white.

Ravens Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Metamorphoses--Story of Coronis, (Addison's translation)

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It is a pleasure appropriate to man, for him to save a fellow-man, and gratitude is acquired in no better way. [Lat., Conveniens homini est hominem servare voluptas. Et melius nulla quaeritur arte favor.]

Gratitude Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 9, 39)

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We have ploughed the vast ocean in a fragile bark. [Lat., Nos fragili vastum ligno sulcavimus aequor.]

Navigation Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 14, 35)

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Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead. [Lat., Pascitur in vivis livor; post fata quiescit.]

Envy Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Amorum (I, 15, 39)

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Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. [Lat., Summa petit livor: perflant altissima venti.]

Envy Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Remedia Amoris (CCCLXIX)

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Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer. [Lat., Ingenium magni detractat livor Homeri.]

Envy Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Remedia Amoris (CCCLXV)

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All human things hang on a slender thread, the strongest fall with a sudden crash. [Lat., Omnia sunt hominum tenui pendentia filo: Et subito casu, quae valuere, ruunt.]

Uncertainty Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 3, 35)

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Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. [Lat., Strangulat inclusus dolor, atque exaestuat intus, Cogitur et vires multiplicare suas.]

Grief Quotes, by Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) , Source: Tristium (V, 1, 63)

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