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For He, who gave this vast machine to roll,
Breathed Life in then, in us a Reasoning Soul;
That kindred feelings might our state improve,
And mutual wants conduct to mutual love.
- Satire XV (l. 203) [Humanity]
The days of peace and slumberous calm are fled.
- Satires (bk. II) [Peace]
It is difficult not to write satire.
[Lat., Difficile est satiram non scribere.]
- Satires (I, 29) [Satire]
Virtue is praised and freezes.
[Lat., Probitas laudatur et alget.]
- Satires (I, 74) [Virtue]
Indignation leads to the making of poetry.
[Lat., Facit indignatio versum.]
- Satires (I, 79) [Poetry]
The doings of men, their prayers, fear, wrath, pleasure, delights, and recreations, are the subject of this book.
[Lat., Quicquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudia, discursus, nostri est farrago libelli.]
- Satires (I, I, 85) [Books]
In their palate alone is their reason of existence.
[Lat., In solo vivendi causa palata est.]
- Satires (II, 11) [Eating]
Their conversation was brief, and their desire was to be silent.
[Lat., Rarus sermo illis et magna libido tacenti.]
- Satires (II, 14) [Silence]
Who'd bear to hear the Gracchi chide sedition? (Listen to those who denounce what they do themselves.)
[Lat., Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditone querentes?]
- Satires (II, 24) [Faults]
No one ever became thoroughly bad all at once.
[Lat., Nemo repente venit turpissimus.]
- Satires (II, 33) [Character]
There is great unanimity among the dissolute.
[Lat., Magna inter molles concordia.]
- Satires (II, 47) [Evil]
The verdict acquits the raven, but condemns the dove.
[Lat., Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas.]
- Satires (II, 63) [Law]
Trust not to outward show.
[Lat., Fronti nulla fides.]
- Satires (II, 8) [Appearance]
The grape gains its purple tinge by looking at another grape.
[Lat., Uvaque conspecta livorem ducit ab uva.]
- Satires (II, 81) [Grapes]
Every man's credit is proportioned to the money which he has in his chest.
[Lat., Quantum quisque sua nummorum condit in area,
Tantum habet et fidei.]
- Satires (III, 143) [Money]
They do not easily rise whose abilities are repressed by poverty at home.
[Lat., Haud facile emergunt quorum virtutibus obstat
Res angusta domi.]
- Satires (III, 164) [Poverty]
Here we all live in ambitious poverty.
[Lat., Hic vivimus ambitiosa
- Satires (III, 182) [Poverty]
With thumb turned.
[Lat., Verso pollice.]
- Satires (III, 36) [Judgment]
Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.
[Lat., Ex humili magna ad fastigia rerum
Extollit, quoties voluit fortuna jocari.]
- Satires (III, 39) [Forgiveness]
Bid the hungry Greek go to heaven, he will go.
[Lat., Graeculus esuriens in coelum, jusseris, ibit.]
- Satires (III, 78) [Hunger]
The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.
[Lat., Adulandi gens prudentissima laudat
Sermonem indocti, faciem deformis amici.]
- Satires (III, 86) [Flattery]
O Poverty, thy thousand ills combined
Sink not so deep into the generous mind,
As the contempt and laughter of mankind.
- Satires (III, l. 226),
(Gifford's translation) [Poverty]
Cheerless poverty has no harder trial than this, that it makes men the subject of ridicule.
[Lat., Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in se
Quam quod ridiculos homines facit.]
- Satires (III, V, 152) [Poverty]
Would to heaven he had given up to trifles like these all the time which he devoted to cruelty.
[Lat., Atque utinam his potius nugis tota illa dedisset
- Satires (IV, 150) [Trifles]
There is nothing which power cannot believe of itself, when it is praised as equal to the gods.
[Lat., Nihil est quod credere de se
Non possit, quum laudatur dis aequa potestas.]
- Satires (IV, 70) [Power]
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