-speaking world, was a Roman
poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides
, Amores, and Ars Amatoria
. He is also well known for the Metamorphoses, a mythological hexameter
poem; the Fasti
, about the Roman calendar; and the Tristia
and Epistulae ex Ponto
, two collections of poems written in exile on the Black Sea.
Sic ego nec sine te nec tecum vivere possum.
Exitus acta probat.
Resist beginnings; the prescription comes too late when the disease has gained strength by long delays.
Qui finem quaeris amoris/Cedit amor rebus; res age, tutus eris.
Poetry comes fine-spun from a mind at peace.
So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone.
Cura quid expediat prius est quam quid sit honestum
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report.
They come to see; they come that they themselves may be seen.