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. Actor incumbit probatio, reus excipiendo fit actor - The plaintiff must provide proof of the facts alleged, the defendant the exceptions presented (Legal term)
  3. Ad sidera tollere vultus - Raise your face to the stars (Ovid Metamorphoses I, 86 - Urges us to have always altruistic ambitions)
  4. Arenae semina mandas - Sowing in the sand (Ovid - You are wasting my time)
  5. Ars Amandi / Ars amatoria - The Art of Love (Book by Ovid)
  6. Ars moriendi - The art of dying (Title of two Christian books from around 1415 and 1450, which provide guidance for a good death)
  7. Artes serviunt vitae, sapientia imperat - The arts provide a service to life, wisdom governs it (Philosophical Term - Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, 85, 32)
  8. Auferat hora duos eadem - Let the same hour take us both (Ovid - Metamorphoses, VIII)
  9. Aurea aetas - Golden age (Ovid - Metamorphoses I, 89)
  10. 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)
  11. Claude opus - Finish the work (that you started) (Ovid - Metamorphosis I)
  12. Crimen Culpae - Culpa de crimen (Legal term - Actions and omissions are only punishable only when expressly provided by law)
  13. Cura fugit multo diluiturque mero - Worry flees and is dissolved in much wine (Ovid Ars Amatoria I, 237)
  14. Da populo, da verba mihi - Tell it to the people, tell it to me (Publius Ovid Amores)
  15. Diania turba - The troop of Diana (Ovid, Fasti)
  16. Dominus Providebit - God will provide (Motto on the Swiss 5-franc coin)
  17. Donec aliter provideatur - Until something else is provided (Legal term)
  18. 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)
  19. Dulce puella malum est - So sweet a plague is woman (Ovid)
  20. Dum eris felix, numerabis multos amicos. Tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris. Ovidius - As long as you are fortunate, you will count many friends. If times become cloudy, you will be alone.
  21. Dum loquor, hora fugit - While I speak, the time flies (Ovid)
  22. 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)
  23. 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")
  24. Equi dentes inspicere donati - Do not examine the teeth of a gift horse (Do not look a gift horse at the mouth - The teeth provide a good indication of the horse's age and health - Accept gifts as they are)
  25. Furor arma ministrat - Rage provides arms (Virgil - Aeneid I, 150)
  26. Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo - The drop hollows out the stone by frequent dropping, not by force (Ovid)
  27. Hoc caverat mens provida reguli - The sighted Regulus had taken this into account (Horace - Odes - It is now used as a "Monday morning quarterback" - Someone who is right after the fact)
  28. Homo Hominis in Servitio Perficitur - The man only becomes a man when provides service (Motto of the University of Monterrey, Mexico)
  29. Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros - Fire provides proof of gold; misery, proof of strong men
  30. Imprudencia punible - Punishable imprudence (Legal term - Actions and omissions are only punishable only when expressly provided by law)
  31. Inde datae leges, ne fortior omnia posset - The laws were made lest the stronger should be all powerful (Legal term - Ovid, Fasti III, 279)
  32. 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)
  33. Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus - The load is lite, if you know how to support it (Ovid - Amores - Book I)
  34. Nil homini certum est - Nothing is safe for humans (Ovid)
  35. Non sint sine lege capilli - Don't let your hair in disarray (Ovid - Amores L III)
  36. Omnis amans militat - Every lover makes war (Ovid, Amores, I, 9, 1)
  37. 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)
  38. Ovidio exule, musae planguntur - The Muses wept because Ovid was exiled ... (History of Rome)
  39. Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Be patient and tough, this pain will serve you one day (Ovid)
  40. 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)
  41. Praeterita mutare non possumus, sed futura providere debemos - We can not change the past, but we anticipate the future (Cicero)
  42. Provida mater Ecclesia - Provident Mother Church (Ecclesiastical term - Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII)
  43. 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)
  44. Quicquid temptabat scribere versus erat - Anything I tried to write, comes out as a verse (Phrase that emphasizes the "naturalness" of Ovid)
  45. Quod Natura non dat, [universitas] Helmantica [Salamantica] non praestat - What nature does not give [the University of] Salamanca does not provide (College Term - Cannot fix dumb)
  46. Quod numquam reddas, commodet, ipsa roga - Beg him to lend you, what you will never give back (Ovid Amores)
  47. Sed naturalia quidem iura, quae apud omnes gentes peraeque servantur, divina quaedam providentia constituta semper firma atque inmutabilia permanent - For the natural law, which is observed similarly by all people and is established by some divine providence is always firm and immutable (Legal term - Justiniano Instituta 1,2,3)
  48. Si qua voles apte nubere, nube pari - If you wish to marry well, marry an equal (Ovid - the Art of Love)
  49. 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)
  50. 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)
  51. 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)
  52. Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis - Time pases and silently we grow old over the years (Ovid - Metamorphosis I)
  53. Tempus edax rerum - Time devours all things (Ovid)
  54. 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)
  55. Venter non habet aures - The belly has no ears (If you are starving, you don't listen to sermons - Ovid - Metamorphosis )
  56. Venus ventus temerarus - Venus favors the bold (Ovid)
  57. Verba refers aures non pervenientia nostras - You mean words that do not reach our ears (Ovid - Metamorphoses Book III, 462)
  58. 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)
  59. Videamus primum deorumne providentia mundus regatur - Let us consider first whether the universe is governed by the foresight of the gods (Cicero)
  60. Vinculum iuris - Vinculum law (Legal term - In civil cases, provides the right to enforce obligations)
  61. 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: 61

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