Rare is the union of beauty and purity.

— Juvenal

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Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt

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A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.

83

The brief span of our poor unhappy life to its final hour Is hastening on;

and while we drink and call for gay wreaths, Perfumes, and young girls, old age creeps upon us, unperceived.

57

The abject pleasure of an abject mind And hence so dear to poor weak woman kind.

[Lat., Vindicta Nemo magis gaudet, quam femina.]

52

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.

50

Pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.

46

Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.

36

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.

32

Luck often raises vulgarity to a high position, to create mirth for the beholders.

30

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

29

Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.

29

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.

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About Juvenal

Quotes 300 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares;

for the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things - bread and circuses.

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When talent fails, indignation writes the verse.

24

Two things only the people actually desire: bread and circuses.

23

The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things: bread and circuses!

23

But who guards the guardians?

20

Wisdom overcomes fortune.

17

Refrain from doing ill; for one all powerful reason, lest our children should copy our misdeeds; we are all too prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved.

15

To lay down one's life for the truth.

15

Today there's more fellowship among snakes than among mankind.

Wild beasts spare those with similar markings.

14

Even savage animals can agree among themselves.

14

The skilful class of flatterers praise the discourse of an ignorant friend and the face of a deformed one.

13

Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold.

13

Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small, be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.

13

But grant the wrath of Heaven be great, 'tis slow.

[Lat., Ut sit magna tamen certe lenta ira deorum est.]

12

All things may be bought in Rome with money.

12

The grape gains its purple tinge by looking at another grape.

[Lat., Uvaque conspecta livorem ducit ab uva.]

11

No wicked man knows happiness, and least of all the seducer of others.

11

Who watches the watchmen?

10

Rare indulgence produces greater pleasure.

10

The love of money grows as the money itself grows.

10

There's a lust in man, no charm can tame, of loudly publishing our neighbor's shame.

10

Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, The repetition kills the wretch at last.

9

There is nothing worse than words of kindness that lie.

9

A third heir seldom enjoys what has been dishonestly acquired.

9

Here we all live in a state of ambitious poverty.

9

The people long eagerly for just two things. Bread and circuses.

9

No one every suddenly became depraved.

9

Nature never says one thing and wisdom another.

9

Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.

8

Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools.

8

A sound mind in a sound body is a thing to be prayed for.

8

Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.

8

Nobody ever became depraved all at once. [Lat., Nemo repente fuit turpissimus.]

8

Be gentle with the young.

6

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.

6

Of the woes Of unhappy poverty, none is more difficult to bear Than that it heaps men with ridicule.

6

It is difficult not to write satire.

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