Publius Vergilius Maro

[Virgil] (70 BC- 19 BC / Virgilio)

Publius Vergilius Maro Quotes

  • ''Love conquers everything [Amor vincit omnia]: let us, too, yield to love.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Gallus, in Eclogues, no. 10, l. 69 (37 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).
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  • ''Happy the man who has been able to know the reasons for things.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 2, l. 490 (19 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Thought to refer to the poet and philosopher Lucretius.
  • ''Time is flying, never to return.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 3, l. 284 (29 B.C.). The Latin, fugit irreparabile tempus, is usually quoted tempus fugit.
  • ''Old age grows cold to love.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 3, l. 97 (29 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).
  • ''Look with favor on a bold enterprise.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 1, l. 40 (29 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). The words "annuit coeptis" were inscribed on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States of America, June 29, 1782.
  • ''If I cannot prevail upon heaven, I shall move hell.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Juno, in Aeneid, bk. 7, l. 312 (19 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Spoken by Juno on realizing that she will be unable to prevent Aeneas from gaining Latium.
  • ''Trust not the horse, O Trojans. Be it what it may, I fear the Grecians even when they offer gifts.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Laoco"n, in Aeneid, bk. 2, l. 48-9.
  • ''I see wars, horrible wars, and the Tiber foaming with much blood.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. the Sibyl of Cumae, in Aeneid, bk. 6, l. 86 (29 B.C.). Spoken to Aeneas, in his quest to find his father.
  • ''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 labour lies.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. the Sibyl of Cumae, in Aeneid, bk. 6, l. 126-9, trans. by John Dryden. Spoken to Aeneas, in his quest to find his father.
  • ''Fortune favors the brave.''
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Turnus, in Aeneid, bk. 10, l. 284 (19 B.C.). Turnus, King of the Rutulians, fought against and was killed by Aeneas.

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