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Virgil
(full name: Publius Vergilius Maro; also known as: Vergil)
Roman poet

(70-19 BC)



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Arma virumque cano.
( I sing of arms and a man.)
-- Aeneid, Book I, Line 1

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
(Perhaps some day even these things will be pleasant to remember.)
-- Aeneid, Book 1

Dixit et advertens rosea cervice refulsit,
Ambrosiaeque comae divinum vertice odorem
Spiravere; pedes vestis defluxit ad imos,
Et vera incessu partuit dea.

(Thus she spoke and turned away with a flash of her rosy neck, and her ambrosial hair exhaled a divine fragrance; her dress flowed right down to her feet and her true godhead was evident from her walk.
-- Aeneid, Book 1

Sunt lacrimae rerum.
(Events have tears.)
-- Aeneid, Book 1

Mens sibi conscia recti.
(A mind conscious of the right.)
-- Aeneid, Book 1

Equo ne credite, Teucri.
Quidquid id est, timeo
Danaos et dona ferentis.

(Do not trust the horse, Trojans.
Whatever it is, I fear
the Greeks even when they bring gifts.)
-- Aeneid, Book 2

Horresco referens.
(I shudder as I recall it.)
-- Aeneid, Book 2

Tacitae per amica silentia lunae.
(Through the friendly silence of the soundless moonlight.)
-- Aeneid, Book 2

Dis allter visum.
(The gods thought otherwise. Also translated as: Heaven thought otherwise. )
-- Aeneid, Book 2

Bella, horrida bella,
Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno.

(I see wars, horrible wars,
and the Tiber foaming with much blood.)
-- Aeneid, Book 6

Facilis descensus Averni:
Noctes atque dies patet atri lanua Ditis;
Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras,
Hoc opus, hic labor est.

(The way to Hell is easy:
night and day the gates of black Dis stand open;
but to retrace the step and reach the breezes above,
this is the task, and in it the labour.)
-- Aeneid, Book 6

Procul, o procul este, profani.
(Far off, oh keep far off, you unitiated ones.)
Let all profane ones be.)
-- Aeneid, Book 6

Nox ruit et fuscit tellurem amplectitur alis.
(Night came down, and enfolded the earth in her dusky wings.)
-- Aeneid, Book 6

Macte nova virtute, puer, sic itur ad astra.
(Good luck to your young ambition, boy, that is the way to the stars.)
-- Aeneid, Book 9

Audentes fortuna iuvat.
(Fortune assists the bold. Often quoted as: Fortune favours the brave.)
-- Aeneid, Book 10

Ac velut in somnis, oculos ubi languida pressit
Nocte Quies, nequiquam avidos extendere cursus
Velle videmur et in mediis conatibus aegri
Succidmus; non lingua valet, non corpore notae
Sufficiunt vires nec vox nec verba sequuntur:
Sic Turno.

(But, as in a nightmare, when sleep's narcotic hand
Is leaden on our eyes, we seem to be desperately trying
To run and run, but we cannot -- for all our efforts, we sink down
Nerveless, our usual strength is just not there, and our tongue
Won't work at all -- we can't utter a word or produce one sound:
So with Turnus.)
-- Aeneid, Book 12 (C. Day Lewis, tr.)

Latet anguis in herba.
(A snake is hidden in the grass.)
-- Eclogues, 3

Incipe, parve puer, risu cognoscere matrem.
(Begin, baby boy, to recognise your baby mother with a smile.)
-- Eclogues, 4

Incipe, parve puer: qui non risere parenti,
Nec deus hunc mensa, dea nex dignata cubili est.

(Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neiher will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.)
-- Eclogues, 4

Omnia vincit Amor: et nos cedamus Amori.
(Love conquers all: and we give in to love.)
-- Eclogues, 10

Labor omnia vincit.
(Work conquers all.)
-- Georgics, 1

Sed fugit interea, fugit inreparabile tempus.
(Time meanwhile flies, flies never to return)
Usually quoted as: Tempus fugit [Time flies]
-- Georgics, 2

Hi motus animorum atque haec certamina tanta
Pulveris exigui iactu compressa quiescent.

(These soul-stirrings and great conflicts
are contained and quelled by throwing a little dust.)
-- Georgics, 4


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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