Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC, Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic – 17/18 AD, Tomis, Scythia Minor, Roman Empire), known in English as Ovid was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. Although Ovid enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime, the emperor Augustus banished him to Tomis, a Dacian province on the Black Sea, where he remained a decade until his death. Top 10 Most Famous Ovid Quotes to Inspire You Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these. Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you. Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body. Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all. Time, the devourer of all things. One should learn even from one’s enemies. Fortune and love favor the brave. 35 Wise Ovid Quotes About Love, Life, Poetry, Courage, Change, Time, Activism, and Philosophy I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth. I am the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words. Nothing is stronger than habit. Beauty is a fragile gift. Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop. Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are. Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears. If you would be loved, be lovable. Everything changes, nothing perishes. Love is the force that leaves you colorless. Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together. Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time. Everyone wishes that the man whom he fears would perish. Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour. I am dragged along by a strange new force. Desire and reason are pulling in different directions. I see the right way and approve it, but follow the wrong. It’s a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes. We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us. Enhance and intensify one’s vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality. There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion. There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. Habits change into character. God himself helps those who dare. There are a thousand forms of evil; there will be a thousand remedies. Either do not attempt at all or go through with it. What we have been, or now are, we shall not be tomorrow. A burden which is done well becomes light. Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it. People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude. He who has lived in obscurity has lived well. Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward. Give me the waters of Lethe that numb the heart, if they exist, I will still not have the power to forget you.