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What is an epigram? a dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

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Unlike my subject, I will make my song. It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.

Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield Quotes , Source: Preface to Letters (vol. 1)

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

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

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What is an epigram? a dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

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Acon his right, Leonilla her left eye Doth want; yet each in form, the gods out-vie. Sweet boy, with thine, thy sister's sight improved: So shall she Venus be, thou God of Love. [Lat., Lumine Acon dextre,--capta est Leonilla sinistre, Et potis est forma vincere uterque dees: Blande puer, lumen quod habes concede sorori, Sic tu caecus Amor, sic erit illa Venus.]

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: an epigram said by Warton to be the "most celebrated of modern epigrams", in his "Essay on Pope," I,

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The diamond's virtues well might grace The epigram, and both excel In brilliancy in smallest space, And power to cut as well.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: an epigram said by Warton to be the "most celebrated of modern epigrams", in his "Essay on Pope," I,

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This picture, plac'd the busts between Gives Satire all its strength; Wisdom and Wit are little seen While Folly glares at length.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: an epigram said by Warton to be the "most celebrated of modern epigrams", in his "Essay on Pope," I,

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

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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!

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

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

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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?

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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?"

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , 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.

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

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