a Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)

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A snake lurks in the grass.
All these souls, after they have passed away a thousand years, are summoned by the divine ones in great array, to the lethean river. . .In this way they become forgetful of the former earthlife, and re-visit the vaulted realms of the world, willing to return again into living bodies.
As a twig is bent the tree inclines.
As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
Audentis Fortuna iuvat. (Fortune assists the bold) also Fortune favors the bold.
Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.
Death's brother, Sleep.
Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you.
Do not trust the horse, Trojans Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts.
Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you.
Each man is led by his own liking.
Each of us bears his own Hell.
Each person, makes their own terrible passion their God.
Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit (Perhaps it will be pleasing sometime to have remembered these things, from The Aeneid)
Fortune favors the bold.
Fortune favors the brave.
Go on and increase in valor for this is the path to immortality.
Happy is he who gets to know the reasons for things.
Harsh necessity, and the newness of my kingdom, force me to do such things and to guard my frontiers everywhere.
I feel again a spark of that ancient flame.
I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.
I saw these terrible things,and took great part in them.
In quarrels such as these not ours to intervene.
It is easy to go down into Hell night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air - there's the rub, the task.
It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.
Lat., Now I know what love is.
Latet anguis in herba. (There's a snake hidden in the grass)
Let us go singing as far as we go the road will be less tedious.
Look with favour upon a bold beginning.
Love begets love, love knows no rules, this is the same for all.
Love conquers all things let us too surrender to Love.
Nunc scio quit sit amor.
O tyrant love, to what do you not drive the hearts of men.
Oh you who are born of the blood of the gods, Trojan son of Anchises, easy is the descent to Hell the door of dark Dis stands open day and night. But to retrace your steps and come out to the air above, that is work, that is labor
Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember.
Possunt quia posse videntur. (They can because they think they can, from The Aeneid)
Practice and thought might gradually forge many an art.
Press no further with hate.
Rumor grows as it goes.
The gates of hell are open, night and day Smooth the descent, and easy the way.
They are able because they think they are able.
They can because they think they can.
They can conquer who believe they can.
They can do all because they think they can.
This quote reminds me to enjoy each moment of the summer Steep thyself in a bowl of summertime.
Thus all things are doomed to change for the worse and retrograde.
Trust one who has gone through it.
Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.
Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
Your descendants shall gather your fruits.

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