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Quintus Ennius

Datum narození: 16. červenec 239 př. n. l.
Datum úmrtí: 8. říjen 169 př. n. l.

Quintus Ennius byl římský epický a tragický básník, jenž je považován za otce římské literatury.

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„The idle mind knows not what it wants.“
Otioso in otio animus nescit quid velit.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Aulus Gellius in Noctes Atticae (Attic Nights), Book XIX, Chapter X
Iphigenia

„There is no fellowship inviolate,
no faith is kept, when kingship is concerned.“

Nulla sancta societas Nec fides regni est.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Officiis Book I, Chapter VIII - translation by Walter Miller
Variant translation: To kingship belongs neither sacred fellowship nor faith.

„A sure friend is known in unsure times.“
Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Amicitia, Chapter XVII

„He who has conquered is not conqueror
Unless the conquered one confesses it.“

Qui vincit non est victor nisi victus fatetur.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Marcus Servius Honoratus in In Vergilii carmina comentarii (Commentaries on the poems of Virgil), Book XI https://web.archive.org/web/20141219124307/http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0053%3Abook%3D11%3Acommline%3D306

„And earth who herself bestowed the body takes it back and wastes not a whit.“
Terram corpus quae dederit, ipsam capere neque dispendi facere hilum.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Varro in De Lingua Latina, Book V

„Neither you nor any man alive shall do this unpunished: no, you shall give recompense to me with your life-blood.“
Nec pol homo quisquam faciet inpune animatus hoc nec tu; nam mi calido dabis sanguine poenas.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Macrobius in Saturnalia; Book VI, Chapter I
Compare: Tu tamen interea calido mihi sanguine poenas persolves amborum, Virgil, Aeneid, Book IX, line 422

„Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping. Why? I fly, living, through the mouths of men.“
Nemo me lacrumis decoret neque funera fletu faxit. Cur? volito vivos per ora virum.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in Tusculanae Disputationes, Book I, chapter XV, section 34

„As a strong horse that has often won on the last lap at Olympia is now resting, tired out by old age.“
Sicut fortis equus, spatio qui saepe supremo Vicit Olympia, nunc senio confectus quiescit.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Senectute, Chapter V (tr. K. Volk)

„Who kindly sets a wand'rer on his way
Does e'en as if he lit another's lamp by his:
No less shines his, when he his friend's hath lit.“

Homo qui erranti comiter monstrat viam, Quasi lumen de suo lumine accendat facit; Nihilo minus ipsi lucet, cum illi accenderit.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Officiis, Book I, Chapter XVI - translation by Walter Miller

„where the Gauls stealthily, at the time of night when sleep falls on men, attacked the high citadel and of a sudden stained with blood walls and watchers.“
Qua Galli furtim noctu summa arcis adorti moenia concubia vigilesque repente cruentant.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Macrobius in Saturnalia, Book I, Chapter IV (tr. J. Elliott)

„Your minds that once did stand erect and strong,
What madness swerves them from their wonted course?“

Quo vobis mentes, rectae quae stare solebant Antehac, dementis sese flexere viai?

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Senectute, Chapter VI (Loeb translation)

„No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.“
Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat, caeli scrutantur plagas.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Cicero in De Divinatione, Book II, Chapter XIII
Iphigenia

„No sooner said than done—so acts your man of worth.“
Dictum factumque facit frux.

—  Ennius

As quoted by Priscianus in Ars Prisciani, Book VI

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