Quotations From VIRGIL [PUBLIUS VERGILIUS MARO]

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • Your descendants shall gather your fruits.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Eclogues, no. 9, l. 50 (37 B.C.).
  • There's a snake lurking in the grass.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Eclogues, no. 3, l. 93 (37 B.C.).

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  • Harsh necessity, and the newness of my kingdom, force me to do such things and to guard my frontiers everywhere.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Dido, Queen of Carthage, in Aeneid, bk. 1.
  • Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneid, bk. 1, l. 203. Addressed to his men, referring to the difficulties of the journey to Latium.

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  • From a single crime know the nation.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneid, bk. 2, l. 65.
  • The gods thought otherwise.
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneid, bk. 2, l. 428 (19 B.C.).
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