- [N]eque assueto mutet amore torum.
- Never change when love has found its home.
- I, i, 36.
- Navita de ventis, de tauris narrat arator,
Enumerat miles vulnera, pastor oves.
- The sailor tells of winds, the ploughman of bulls,
the soldier counts his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.
- II, i, 43–4.
- Qua pote quisque, in ea conterat arte diem.
- Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.
- II, i, 46.
- Aut patrio qualis ponit vestigia ponto
Mille Venus teneris cincta Cupidinibus.
- [O]r like Venus attended by a thousand tender Cupids, setting foot upon the sea that gave her birth.
- II, ii, 9-10.
- Quod si deficiant vires, audacia certe
Laus erit: in magnis et voluisse sat est.
- What though strength fails? Boldness is certain to win praise. In mighty enterprises, it is enough to have had the determination.
- Variant translation: Even if strength fail, boldness at least will deserve praise: in great endeavors even to have had the will is enough.
- II, x, 5.
- Absenti nemo non nocuisse velit.
- 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.
- Semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- II, xxxiii, 43.
- Cedite Romani scriptores, cedite Grai!
Nescioquid maius nascitur Iliade.
- Make way, you Roman writers, make way, Greeks!
Something greater than the Iliad is born.
- II, xxxiv, 65.
- Sunt aliquid Manes: letum non omnia finit,
Luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos.
- There is something beyond the grave; death does not end all, and the pale ghost escapes from the vanquished pyre.
- IV, vii, 1.