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Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes

(40-104), Latin poet and epigrammatist

Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.

Category: Charm

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.

Category: Exercise

If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it.

Category: Fame

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.

Category: Fame

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.

Category: Faults

Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.

Category: Glory

Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.

Category: Glory

Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.

Category: Individuality

You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!

Category: Inheritance

There is no living with thee, nor without thee.

Category: Love

I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether.

Category: Lovers

If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.

Category: Money

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Category: Past

That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.

Category: Satisfaction

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.

Category: Wealth