Publius Ovidius Naso (March 20, 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love"). His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature. The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
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Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.
Give way to your opponent; thus will you gain the crown of victory.
If you want to be loved, be lovable.
It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.
It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.
Let love steal in disguised as friendship.
Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them.
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
Nothing is stronger than habit.
Plenty has made me poor.
Pure women are only those who have not been asked.
Pursuits become habits.
So art lies hid by its own artifice.
So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will be alone.
The cause is hidden, but the result is well known.
The gods have their own rules.
The result justifies the deed.
Thus all things are but altered, nothing dies.
We take no pleasure in permitted joys.
But what's forbidden is more keenly sought.
Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.
You can learn from anyone, even your enemy.
You will be safest in the middle.