- Ancient Rome
one gets rich quickly if he is honest.
Menander, 343-292BC, The Flatterer
if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil.
Menander, unidentified fragment
Gods! How much does one man excel another. What a difference there is between
a wise man and a fool.
fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.
them hate, so long as they fear.
is no greater bane to friendship than adulation, fawning and flattery.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero), 106-43BC, De Amicitia
age by nature is rather talkative.
Cicero, De Senectute
must look out in Britain that you are not cheated by the Charioteers.
fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts.
Virgil, Aeneid Book I
is a fault common to all singers: that among their friends they never are inclined
to sing when they are asked; unasked, they never desist.
Horace, Satires Book I
men are only walking hospitals.
Horace, Ars Poetica
himself has been observed to nod.
must be destroyed.
are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated
murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?
is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Seneca, Moral Essays
fools these mortals be.
most knowing person - gossip.
this age! How tasteless and ill-bred it is.
Catullus, c 87-54BC, Odes
With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.
is more confidant than a bad poet
Martial, c AD 102, Epigrams Book I
could do without your face, Chloe, and without your neck, and your hands, and
your limbs, and, to save myself the trouble of mentioning the points in detail,
I could do without you altogether.
dyes her locks, 'tis said, But 'tis afoul aspersion; She buys them black; they
therefore need No subsequent immersion.
know not whether Phoebes fled from the dinner table of Thyestes; at any rate,
Ligurinus, we fell from yours. Splendid, indeed, it is, and magnificently supplied
with good things; but when you recite you spoil it all. I don't want you to
set before me a turbot or a two pound mullet; 1 don't want your mushrooms or
your oysters. I want you to keep your mouth shut.
do not love thee, Doctor Fell The reason why I cannot tell; But this I know,
and know full well, I do not love thee, Doctor Fell.
Martial, as translated by Thomas Brown ( 1663-1704)
would that the Roman people had but one neck!
Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus),AD 12-4I
women should not seek to be perfumed
Plutarch, c AD46-120, Lives