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"Publius Ovidius Naso", known as "Ovid" in the English language/English-speaking world, was a Augustan literature (ancient Rome)/Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the dactylic hexameter/meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores (Ovid)/Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love"). His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and Western literature/literature. The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology.

Ovid is traditionally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace, his older contemporaries, as one of the three Western canon/canonic poets of Latin literature. He was the first major Roman poet to begin his career during the reign of Augustus, and the Roman Empire/Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. He enjoyed enormous popularity, but in one of the mysteries of literary history he was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death. Ovid himself attributes Exile of Ovid/his exile to carmen et error, "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.

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Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Nothing is stronger than habit.

Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them.

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.

We two are to ourselves a crowd.

Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name.

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.

Judgement of beauty can err, what with the wine and the dark.

So I can't live either without you or with you.

If you would marry suitably, marry your equal.

The result justifies the deed. (Exitus acta probat).

Tears at times have all the weight of speech.

How little you know about the age you live in if you think that honey is sweeter than cash in hand.

He who can believe himself well, will be well.

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.

To be loved, be lovable.

When I was from Cupid's passions free, my Muse was mute and wrote no elegy.

By faithful study of the nobler arts, our nature's softened, and more gentle grows.

There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.

Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form. The phrase 'being born' is used for beginning to be something different from what one was before, while 'dying' means ceasing to be the same. Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this, yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

We can learn even from our enemies.

Dignity and love do not blend well, nor do they continue long together.

Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.

The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all.

Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.

It is the mind that makes the man.

Courage conquers all things.

Habits change into character.

Time the devourer of all things.