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99 Famous Quotes By Virgil, The Author Of The Aeneid

Famous As: Ancient Roman Poet of the Augustan Period
Born On: October 15, 70
Died On: September 21, 19
Born In: Cisalpine Gaul
Died At Age: -52

Publius Vergilius Maro, who is referred to as Virgil among English speaking people, was a poet who lived in ancient Rome between 70 BC and 19 BC, during the reign of King Augustus. Virgil is regarded as one of the greatest poets in the Latin language to have ever lived and his poems are still counted among the classics in the language. Virgil is the author of the Latin epic ‘Aeneid’, which is considered among the greatest epics in the Latin language and in addition to that, he penned the Georgics and Eclogues, which are also considered to be major works. Virgil is counted among the greatest poets to have ever emerged from the Roman Empire and rightly so, considering the body of work that he had produced during his career. Virgil’s body of work is not only considered to be the among the finest in Ancient Rome but his work also went on to influence poets who came after him and in fact, Dante’s Divine Comedy was heavily influenced by his work. Here are some of the best quotes by Virgil.

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Fortune sides with him who dares.

Fortune sides with him who dares.

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Flctere si nqueo speros Acheronta movebo - If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.

Flctere si nqueo speros Acheronta movebo - If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.

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Audaces fortuna iuvat (latin)- Fortune favors the bold.

Audaces fortuna iuvat (latin)- Fortune favors the bold.

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The descent into Hell is easy

The descent into Hell is easy

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Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori.
Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love.

Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori. Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love.

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Death twitches my ear;
'Live,' he says... 
'I'm coming.

Death twitches my ear; 'Live,' he says... 'I'm coming.

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If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.

If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.

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The greatest wealth is health

The greatest wealth is health

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No day shall erase you from the memory of time

No day shall erase you from the memory of time

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They can because they think they can.

They can because they think they can.

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Let me rage before I die.

Let me rage before I die.

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The gates of Hell are open night and day; smooth the descent and easy is the way.

The gates of Hell are open night and day; smooth the descent and easy is the way.

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Through pain I've learned to comfort suffering men

Through pain I've learned to comfort suffering men

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Una Salus Victis Nullam Sperare Salutem - (Latin - written 19 BC)
The only hope for the doomed, is no hope at all...

Una Salus Victis Nullam Sperare Salutem - (Latin - written 19 BC) The only hope for the doomed, is no hope at all...

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Trust one who has gone through it.

Trust one who has gone through it.

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Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
and perhaps it will be pleasing to have remembered these things one day

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit. and perhaps it will be pleasing to have remembered these things one day

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...She nourishes the poison in her veins and is consumed by a secret fire.

...She nourishes the poison in her veins and is consumed by a secret fire.

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It is easy to go down into Hell...; but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air---there's the rub...

It is easy to go down into Hell...; but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air---there's the rub...

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Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.

Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.

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Each of us bears his own Hell.

Each of us bears his own Hell.

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Fortunate is he whose mind has the power to probe the causes of things and trample underfoot all terrors and inexorable fate.

Fortunate is he whose mind has the power to probe the causes of things and trample underfoot all terrors and inexorable fate.

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Love conquers all; therefore, let us submit to love.

Love conquers all; therefore, let us submit to love.

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Vera incessu patuit dea.
(The goddess indubitable was revealed in her step.)

Vera incessu patuit dea. (The goddess indubitable was revealed in her step.)

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Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you.

Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you.

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The noblest motive is the public good.

The noblest motive is the public good.

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Time is flying never to return.

Time is flying never to return.

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Death's brother, sleep.

Death's brother, sleep.

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The gates of hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way:
But to return, and view the cheerful skies,
In this the task and mighty labor lies.

The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way: But to return, and view the cheerful skies, In this the task and mighty labor lies.

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Do the gods light this fire in our hearts or does each man's mad desire become his god?

Do the gods light this fire in our hearts or does each man's mad desire become his god?

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Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.

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A shifty, fickle object is woman, always. (Varium et mutabile semper femina.)

A shifty, fickle object is woman, always. (Varium et mutabile semper femina.)

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They are able who think they are able.

They are able who think they are able.

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Spare the meek, but subdue the arrogant.

Spare the meek, but subdue the arrogant.

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Optima dies...prima fugit 
(The best days are the first to flee)

Optima dies...prima fugit (The best days are the first to flee)

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The dewy night unrolls a heaven thickly jewelled with sparkling stars

The dewy night unrolls a heaven thickly jewelled with sparkling stars

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Ah, merciless Love, is there any length to which you cannot force the human heart to go?

Ah, merciless Love, is there any length to which you cannot force the human heart to go?

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I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.

I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.

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No stranger to misfortune myself, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others.

No stranger to misfortune myself, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others.

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A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.

A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.

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The dank night is sweeping down from the sky
and the setting stars incline our heads to sleep.

The dank night is sweeping down from the sky and the setting stars incline our heads to sleep.

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When gods are contrary they stand by no one.

When gods are contrary they stand by no one.

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Facilis descensus Averni:
noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis;
sed revocare gradium superasque evadere ad auras.
hoc opus, hic labor est.

Facilis descensus Averni: noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; sed revocare gradium superasque evadere ad auras. hoc opus, hic labor est.

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Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.

Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.

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We can't all do everything.

We can't all do everything.

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What good are prayers and shrines to a person mad with love? The flame keeps gnawing into her tender marrow hour by hour, and deep in her heart the silent wound lives on.

What good are prayers and shrines to a person mad with love? The flame keeps gnawing into her tender marrow hour by hour, and deep in her heart the silent wound lives on.

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Fear reveals baseborn souls!

Fear reveals baseborn souls!

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Will Mars be always in your windy tongue and in your flying feet?

Will Mars be always in your windy tongue and in your flying feet?

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Friend, have the courage
To care little for wealth, and shape yourself, 
You too, to merit godhead.

Friend, have the courage To care little for wealth, and shape yourself, You too, to merit godhead.

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There's a snake hidden in the grass. Virgil. Ecologues,no. 3.1.1o8

There's a snake hidden in the grass. Virgil. Ecologues,no. 3.1.1o8

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E pluribus unum - Out of many, one.

E pluribus unum - Out of many, one.

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Love Conquers All

Love Conquers All

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I was the first to bring the Muse into my country.

I was the first to bring the Muse into my country.

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What a tale he's told, what a bitter bowl of war he's drunk to the dregs.

What a tale he's told, what a bitter bowl of war he's drunk to the dregs.

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Now, whoever has courage and a strong and collected spirit in his breast, let him come forward, lace on the gloves and put up his hands. (5.363-364)

Now, whoever has courage and a strong and collected spirit in his breast, let him come forward, lace on the gloves and put up his hands. (5.363-364)

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Non ignora mali, miseris succurrere disco.

Non ignora mali, miseris succurrere disco.

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Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - Perhaps even these things will be good to remember one day

Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit - Perhaps even these things will be good to remember one day

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..and why the winter suns so rush to bathe themselves in the sea
and what slows down the nights to a long lingering crawl...

..and why the winter suns so rush to bathe themselves in the sea and what slows down the nights to a long lingering crawl...

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Time passes irrevocably.

Time passes irrevocably.

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Here, too, the honorable finds its due
and there are tears for passing things; here, too,
things mortal touch the mind.

Here, too, the honorable finds its due and there are tears for passing things; here, too, things mortal touch the mind.

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Happy is the man who has learned the causes of things.

Happy is the man who has learned the causes of things.

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So ran the speech. Burdened and sick at heart,
He feigned hope in his look, and inwardly
Contained his anguish. […]
Aeneas, more than any, secretly
Mourned for them all

So ran the speech. Burdened and sick at heart, He feigned hope in his look, and inwardly Contained his anguish. […] Aeneas, more than any, secretly Mourned for them all

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Nunc scio quit sit amor.

Nunc scio quit sit amor.

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Hug the shore; let others try the deep.

Hug the shore; let others try the deep.

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Such words he utters, and sick with deep distress he feigns hope on his face, and keeps his anguish hidden deep in his breast.

Such words he utters, and sick with deep distress he feigns hope on his face, and keeps his anguish hidden deep in his breast.

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My son, from whence this madness, this neglect
Of my commands, and those whom I protect?
Why this unmanly rage? Recall to mind
Whom you forsake, what pledges leave behind.

My son, from whence this madness, this neglect Of my commands, and those whom I protect? Why this unmanly rage? Recall to mind Whom you forsake, what pledges leave behind.

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Arma virumque cano.........

Arma virumque cano........." *Literally: "I sing of arms and man". __I sing the praises of a man's stuggles__

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Your descendants shall gather your fruits.

Your descendants shall gather your fruits.

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O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men.

O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men.

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Look with favour upon a bold beginning.

Look with favour upon a bold beginning.

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The grim lioness follows the wolf, the wolf himself the goat, the wanton goat the flowering clover, and Corydon follows you, Alexis. Each is led by his liking.

The grim lioness follows the wolf, the wolf himself the goat, the wanton goat the flowering clover, and Corydon follows you, Alexis. Each is led by his liking.

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In quarrels such as these 
not ours to intervene.

In quarrels such as these not ours to intervene.

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I recognize the vestiges of an old flame

I recognize the vestiges of an old flame

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All our sweetest hours fly fastest.

All our sweetest hours fly fastest.

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For they conquer who believe they can.

For they conquer who believe they can.

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All things by nature are ready to get worse

All things by nature are ready to get worse

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...distraught I seize mine arms…And with my comrades hasten to the hold: frenzy and anger urge my headlong will, and death methinks how comely, sword in hand!

...distraught I seize mine arms…And with my comrades hasten to the hold: frenzy and anger urge my headlong will, and death methinks how comely, sword in hand!

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