Sextus Propertius

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Sextus Propertius (50 BC - 16 BC) was a Roman elegiac poet in Maecenas' circle.



  • Never change when love has found its home.
    • I, i, 36
  • Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.
    • II, i, 46
  • Quod si deficiant vires, audacia certe/Laus erit: in magnis et voluisse sat est.
    • Translation: What though strength fails? Boldness is certain to win praise. In mighty enterprises, it is enough to have had the determination.
    • II, x, 5
  • Absenti nemo non nocuisse velit.
    • Translation: Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.
    • II, xix, 32
  • Let each man have the wit to go his own way.
    • II, xxv, 38
  • Semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes.
    • Translation: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    • II, xxxiii, 43
  • There is something beyond the grave; death does not end all, and the pale ghost escapes from the vanquished pyre.
    • IV, vii, 1

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