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Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.

Marcus Valerius Martial 40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist

You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!

Marcus Valerius Martial

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

Marcus Valerius Martial

That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.


In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.

Margaret of Valois

You know how to conquer, Hannibal, but not how to profit by your victory.


Love is inseparable from knowledge.

St. Macarius of Egypt

It is disgraceful to live as a stranger in one's country, and be an alien in any matter that affects our welfare.


Because of a great love, one is courageous.


Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.

Marcus Aelius Aurelius

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.

Marcus Valerius Martial

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.

Marcus Valerius Martial

If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.

Marcus Valerius Martial

We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning.

Marcus Manilius fl. 100 AD, Latin Poet

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There is no living with thee, nor without thee.

Marcus Valerius Martial

If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.

Marcus Valerius Martial

Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.

Saint Albertus Magnus

Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.

Tyrius Maximus

There is but one genuine love-potion - consideration.


Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil.


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The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.


It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.


Good fortune and evil fortune come to all things alike in this world of time.


True repentance is to cease from sinning.

Ambrose of Milan

The greatest admiration gives rise not to words, but to silence.


The mind that does not understand is the Buddha. There is no other.

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.
I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether.
Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.
You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed.
Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our olives.
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

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