Latin quotes by Ovid

Ovid (43 BC-17 AD), Roman Poet

Publius Ovidius Naso

His works include Amores (2), Arms Amatoria (2), Heroides (2), Fasti, and Metamorphoses (2) (3)

  1. Abeunt studia in mores - Practices passionately pursued become habits (Ovid - Heroides Libri XV)
  2. Ad sidera tollere vultus - Raise your face to the stars (Ovid Metamorphoses I, 86 - Urges us to have always altruistic ambitions)
  3. Arenae semina mandas - Sowing in the sand (Ovid - You are wasting my time)
  4. Ars Amandi / Ars amatoria - The Art of Love (Book by Ovid)
  5. Auferat hora duos eadem - Let the same hour take us both (Ovid - Metamorphoses, VIII)
  6. Aurea aetas - Golden age (Ovid - Metamorphoses I, 89)
  7. Barbarus hic ego sum, quia non intellegor ulli - Here I am a foreigner because no one understands me (Ovid - Tristia V - The poet Ovid expressed a sense of alienation since he was not understood in his own land)
  8. Claude opus - Finish the work (that you started) (Ovid - Metamorphosis I)
  9. Cura fugit multo diluiturque mero - Worry flees and is dissolved in much wine (Ovid Ars Amatoria I, 237)
  10. Da populo, da verba mihi - Tell it to the people, tell it to me (Publius Ovid Amores)
  11. Diania turba - The troop of Diana (Ovid, Fasti)
  12. Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos: Tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris - As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends: if clouds appear, you will be alone (Ovid Tristia)
  13. Dulce puella malum est - So sweet a plague is woman (Ovid)
  14. Dum loquor, hora fugit - While I speak, the time flies (Ovid)
  15. Ecce procul ternis Hecate variata figuris - Behold the three shapes of Hecate (Ovid - In Greek mythology, Hecate is represented as a triad, because they believed that she reigned over three domains: the earth, the sea and the sky)
  16. Ecce, quid iste tuus praeter nova carmina vates donat amatoris? Multa milia legis - Behold, is this your lover poet who gives nothing but new verses? You will need to read thousands more. (Ovid - "Amores")
  17. Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo - The drop hollows out the stone by frequent dropping, not by force (Ovid)
  18. Inde datae leges, ne fortior omnia posset - The laws were made lest the stronger should be all powerful (Legal term - Ovid, Fasti III, 279)
  19. Inde ferunt, totidem qui vivere debeat annos, corpore de patrio parvum phoenica renasci - A baby phoenix is born from the ashes of its father, destined to live for the same period of time (Ovid, Metamorphoses)
  20. Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus - The load is lite, if you know how to support it (Ovid - Amores - Book I)
  21. Nil homini certum est - Nothing is safe for humans (Ovid)
  22. Non sint sine lege capilli - Don't let your hair in disarray (Ovid - Amores L III)
  23. Omnis amans militat - Every lover makes war (Ovid, Amores, I, 9, 1)
  24. Os homini sublime dedit, coelumque tueri iussit et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus - The Creator gave man a gorgeous face and imposed him the mission to look up and see the stars. (Ovid - Metamorphosis I)
  25. Ovidio exule, musae planguntur - The Muses wept because Ovid was exiled ... (History of Rome)
  26. Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be patient and tough, this pain will serve you one day (Ovid)
  27. Periture tuaque aliis documenta dature morte ait ede tuum nomen - Thou fellow, doomed to perish and by thy death to serve as a warning to others, tell me thy name. (Ovid - Metamorphoses)
  28. Qui modo Nasonis fueramus quinque libelli, tres sumus; hoc illi praetulit auctor opus Ut iam nulla tibi nos sit legisse voluptas, at levior demptis poena duobus erit - We who were before five books of Ovid Naso, we are now only three. The author of the work so ordered. If you do not experience any pleasure in our reading, at least your pain will ease, knowing of the removal of two books. (Ovid - Funny epigram at the beginning of the first book Amores)
  29. Quicquid temptabat scribere versus erat - Anything I tried to write, comes out as a verse (Phrase that emphasizes the "naturalness" of Ovid)
  30. Quod numquam reddas, commodet, ipsa roga - Beg him to lend you, what you will never give back (Ovid Amores)
  31. Si qua voles apte nubere, nube pari - If you wish to marry well, marry an equal (Ovid - the Art of Love)
  32. Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum - So neither with you nor without I can live (Women, can't live with them, can't live without them - Ovid - Amores)
  33. Siquis in hoc artem populo non novit amandi - If there be anyone among you who does know of the art of loving (Ovid - Book 1, verse 1 of the Art of Loving)
  34. Te mihi materiam felicem in carmina proebe provenient causa carmina digna sua - You be the happy subject of my songs, and they will emerge worthy of the object that inspires them (Ovid Amores)
  35. Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis - Time pases and silently we grow old over the years (Ovid - Metamorphosis I)
  36. Tempus edax rerum - Time devours all things (Ovid)
  37. Ut desint vires tamen est laudanda voluntas - Even if it is beyond one's power, the will [to try] is still worthy of praise (Ovid - Thank you: Henk Mastenbroek)
  38. Venter non habet aures - The belly has no ears (If you are starving, you don't listen to sermons - Ovid - Metamorphosis )
  39. Venus ventus temerarus - Venus favors the bold (Ovid)
  40. Verba refers aures non pervenientia nostras - You mean words that do not reach our ears (Ovid - Metamorphoses Book III, 462)
  41. Verbera plura ferunt, quam quos iuvat usus arati, detractant prensi dum iuga prima boves - Rebel oxen, oppressed by the hardness of the yoke, are punished much harder than those who bear the weight of the plow. (Ovid - Amores)
  42. Vivit et est vitae nescius ipse suae - Man lives in ignorance of his own life. (Philosophical Term - Ovid - Man is not aware of the existence and function of his own life)

Total: 42


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