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Engraved frontispiece of George Sandys's 1632 London edition of Ovids Metamorphosis Englished.

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My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.

I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.
Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.
All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
Skill makes love unending.
Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Love is full of anxious fears.
Habits change into character.
We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
There is something in omens.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
Envy aims very high.
Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.
An evil life is a kind of death.
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
Time is the devourer of all things.
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.
This also -- that I live, I consider a gift of God.
You will go most safely in the middle.
Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.
That you may please others you must be forgetful of yourself.
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.
What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.
Had I not sinned what would there be for you to pardon. My fate has given you the opportunity for mercy.
A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.
Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
Bear patiently with a rival.
Time is generally the best doctor.
Fortune and love favor the brave.
Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
Nothing is swifter than our years.
Time glides away and as we get older through the noiseless years; the days flee and are restrained by no reign.
If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.
Quarrels are the dowry which married folk bring one another.
If you wish to marry suitably, marry your equal.
Keep a mid course between two extremes.
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships, the poor man everywhere lies low.
The good of other times let people state; I think it lucky I was born so late.
Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.
It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art.
Make the workmanship surpass the materials.
What is without periods of rest will not endure.
Daring is not safe against daring men.
Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.
All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins.
Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.
In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.
A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.
Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.
Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.
Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.
I am above being injured by fortune, though she steals away much, more will remain with me. The blessing I now enjoy transcend fear.
The love of glory gives an immense stimulus.
In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.
Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
To give requires good sense.
Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe.
People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.
When disposition wins us, the features please.
The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.
Neglect of appearance becomes men.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.
Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish.
A short absence is the safest.
The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.
Although they posses enough, and more than enough still they yearn for more.
Two-headed Janus, opener of the softly gliding year, thou who alone of the celestials dost behold thy back, O come propitious to the chiefs whose toil ensures peace to the fruitful earth, peace to the sea.
Our Roman fathers gave the name of februa to instruments of purification. . . . The month is called after these things, because the Luperci purify the whole ground with strips of hide, which are their instruments of cleansing, or because the season is pure when once peace-offerings have been made at the graves and the days devoted to the dead are past. Our sires believed that every sin and every cause of ill could be wiped out by rites of purgation.
Some there are who grudge thee the honour of the month, and would snatch it from thee, Venus. For they say that April was named from the open (apertum) season, because spring then opens (aperit) all things, and the sharp frost-bound cold departs, and earth unlocks her teeming soil, though kindly Venus claims the month and lays her hand on it.
I incline to think that the elders [maiores] gave their own name to the month of May: they considered the interests of their own class. . . . No slight proof of the proposed honour is furnished by the next month, the month of June, which is named after young men [juvenes ].