Marcus Manilius (fl. 1st century AD) was a Roman poet and astrologer, traditionally held to be the author of a poem in five books called Astronomica.
- Facile est ventis dare vela secundis,
Fecundumque solum varias agitare per artes,
Auroque atque ebori decus addere, cum rudis ipsa
- It is easy to spread the sails to propitious winds, and to cultivate in different ways a rich soil, and to give lustre to gold and ivory, when the very raw material itself shines.
- I, 3.
- Per varies usus artem experientia fecit,
Exemplo monstrante viam.
- By several proofs experience art has made,
Example being guide.
- Variant: Experience, after many trials, perfected the art, example showing the way.
- I, 61.
- Semper enim ex aliis alia proseminat usus.
- Experience is always sowing the seed of one thing after another.
- I, 90.
- Certis * * * legibus omnia parent.
- All things obey fixed laws.
- I, 479.
- Quis credat tantas operum sine numine moles
Ex minimis, caecoque creatum foedere mundum?
- Who can believe that all these mighty works
Have grown, unaided by the hand of God,
From small beginnings? that the law is blind
by which the world was made?
- I, 492, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (1897) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 240.
- Quot post excidium Trojae sunt eruta regna?
Quot capti populi? quoties Fortuna per orbem
Servitium imperiumque tulit, varieque revertit?
- How many realms since Troy have been o'erthrown?
How many nations captive led? How oft
Has Fortune up and down throughout the world
Changed slavery for dominion?
- I, 506, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (1897) by T. B. Harbottle, p. 248.
- Omnia mortali mutantur lege creata,
Nec se cognoscunt terræ vertentibus annis,
Et mutant variam faciem per sæcula gentes,
At manet incolumis mundus suaque omnia servat.
- Death's law brings change to all created things;
Lands cease to know themselves as years roll on.
As centuries pass, e'en nations change their form,
Yet safe the world remains, with all it holds.
- I, 515, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (1897) by T. B. Harbottle, p. 197.
- Variant: Everything that is created is changed by the laws of man; the earth does not know itself in the revolution of years; even the races of man assume various forms in the course of ages.
- Rationi nulla resistunt.
Claustra nec immensæ moles, ceduntque recessus:
Omnia succumbunt, ipsum est penetrabile cœlum.
- No barriers, no masses of matter, however enormous, can withstand the powers of the mind the remotest corners yield to them; all things succumb, the very heaven itself is laid open.
- I, 541.
- Volat hora per orbem.
- The hours fly around in a circle.
- I, 641.
- Quis cœlum possit nisi cœli munera nosse?
Et reperire deum nisi qui pars ipse deorum est?
- Who can know heaven except by its gifts? and who can find out God, unless the man who is himself an emanation from God?
- II, 115.
- Æquo stat fœdare tempus.
- Time stands with impartial law.
- III, 360.
- Nascentes morimur, finisque ab origine pendet.
- When we are born we die, our end is but the pendant of our beginning.
- Variant: As we are born we die, and the end commences with the beginning.
- IV, 16.
- Labor est etiam ipsa voluptas.
- Labor is itself a pleasure.
- Variant: Even pleasure itself is a toil.
- IV, 155.
- Impendendus homo est, deus esse ut possit in ipso.
- Man must be so weighed as though there were a God within him.
- IV., 407.
- Exemplumque dei quisque est in imagine parva.
- Every one is in a small way the image of God.
- IV, 895.
- Victuros agimus semper, nec vivimus unquam.
- We are always beginning to live, but are never living.
- IV, 899.
- Materiae ne quaere modum; sed perspice vires
Quas ratio, non pondus habet; ratio omnia vincit.
- Seek not the measure of matter; fix your gaze
Upon the power of reason, not of bulk;
For reason 'tis that all things overcomes.
- IV, 924, as reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of Quotations (1897), p. 130.