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Quotations From PROPERTIUS SEXTUS

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  • 1.
    Good Sense, if you are in fact a divinity, I give myself to your worship; all of my prayers have fallen upon the ears of a deaf Jupiter.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, III.24. 19-20.
  • 2.
    Even a faithful mistress can be bent by constant threats.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.19. 24.
  • 3.
    Anyone who is an enemy of mine, let him love women, but let he who is my friend rejoice in men.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, II.4. 17-18.

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  • 4.
    Make room, Roman writers, make room for Greek writers; something greater than the Iliad is born.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, ll.34B. 65-66.
  • 5.
    Allow me, whom Fortune always desires to bury, lay down my life in these final trivialities. Many have freely died in longlasting loves, among whose number may the earth cover me as well.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.6. 25-28.

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  • 6.
    And nobility will not be able to help you with your love; Love does not know how to cede to ancestral images.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.5. 23-24.

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  • 7.
    I would rather not see such winds subside, which carry your slow ship away, although they leave me, cast down, on an empty shore, often, with clenched hand, calling you cruel.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.8A. 13-16.

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  • 8.
    No rival will steal away my sure love; that glory will be my gray hair.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.8B. 45-46.

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  • 9.
    Love can be put off, never abandoned.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, II.3. 8.

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  • 10.
    Meanwhile I, deserted, was lamenting a little to myself your long delays in foreign loves, until sleep with its pleasing wings compelled me, fallen.
    Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist. Oxford Classical Text, I.3. 43-45.

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