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"Marcus Annaeus Lucanus", better known in English language/English as "Lucan" (), was a Roman Empire/Roman poet, born in Corduba (modern-day Córdoba, Spain/Córdoba), in the Hispania Baetica. Despite his short life, he is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of the Classical Latin#Imperial Latin/Imperial Latin period. His youth and speed of composition set him apart from other poets.

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God cheats men into living on by hiding how blest it is to die.

To strictest justice many ills belong, And honesty is often in the wrong.

Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.

Delay is ever fatal to those who are prepared.

A show of daring oft conceals great fear.

A crime which is the crime of many none avenge.

Deep-seated are the wounds dealt in civil brawls.

The victorious cause pleased the Gods, but the conquered one pleased Cato.

I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate.

Keep to moderation, keep the end in view, follow nature.

The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.