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Ere land and sea and the all-covering sky
Were made, in the whole world the countenance
Of nature was the same, all one, well named
Chaos, a raw and undivided mass,
Naught but a lifeless bulk, with warring seeds
Of ill-joined elements compressed together.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
To be loved, be lovable.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
Ovid
You will be safest in the middle.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
Ovid
Tis not always in a physician's power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. 
Ovid
Poetry comes fine-spun from a mind at peace.
Ovid (Tristia - Sorrows)
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Ovid
Where belief is painful we are slow to believe. 
Variant: We believe slowly when belief brings pain.
Ovid (Heroides - The Heroines, ca. 10 BCE)
Everything changes, nothing perishes.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Let love steal in disguised as friendship.
Variant: Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
The bold adventurer succeeds the best.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
Ovid (Amores - The Loves)
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
Ovid
So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone.
Ovid (Tristia - Sorrows)
Nothing is stronger than habit.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.
Variant: Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
Ovid
So I can't live either without you or with you.
Ovid (Amores - The Loves)
Time the devourer of all things.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Fortune and love favor the brave.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
The road to valor is built by adversity.
Ovid
Sleep, rest of nature, O sleep, most gentle of the divinities, peace of the soul, thou at whose presence care disappears, who soothest hearts wearied with daily employments, and makest them strong again for labour!
Ovid
Love is a kind of warfare.
Ovid (Ars Amatoria - The Art of Love)
Everything changes; nothing dies: The spirit wanders here, wanders there, enters anyone's body, passes from beasts to human beings and back to beasts again, but never perishes.
Ovid (Metamorphoses - Transformations)
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Ovid Biography

Born: 43 BCE
Died: 17 ACE

Publius Ovidius Naso, also known as Ovid was a Roman poet. He is most popular for his poetry and his works, most notably "Metamorphoses - Transformations"

Notable Works

Ars Amatoria, or The Art of Love
Amores, or The Loves
Metamorphoses, or Transformations
Tristia, or Sorrows
Heroides, or The Heroines (ca. 10 BCE)


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