Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.Ausonius
I've never written for a fasting man. A taste of wine is good before my verse. But sleep is better than a little wine, for when sleeping one thinks my songs are dreams.Ausonius"De Bissula", line 13; translation from Harold Isbell (trans.) The Last Poets of Imperial Rome (1971) p. 48.
Every stage of life has its troubles, and no man is content with his own age.AusoniusEclogae 2, line 10; translation from Hugh Gerard Evelyn White Ausonius ([1919-21] 1951) vol. 1, p. 165.
If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.AusoniusAusonius, Septem Sapientium Sententiæ Septenis Versibus Explicatæ, IV. 6.
A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.Ausonius
If thou art terrible to many, then beware of many.Ausonius
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