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Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes - Quotations Book

Quotes by Marcus Valerius Martial

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

There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
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.
If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.
That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.
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!
Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.
Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.
If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it.
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
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.
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.

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