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 :: 40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist

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Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Individuality]

 

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Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Faults]

 

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Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Wealth]

 

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Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Glory]

 

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Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Glory]

 

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I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Fame]

 

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I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Lovers]

 

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If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Fame]

 

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If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Money]

 

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Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Charm]

 

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That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Satisfaction]

 

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There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Love]

 

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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Past]

 

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Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Exercise]

 

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You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!
~ Marcus Valerius Martial - [Inheritance]

 

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