Word Gifts

“I was the poet of the poor, because I was poor when I loved; since I could not give gifts, I gave words.” Ovid

A Roman poet, Ovid was born in 43 BC and his birthday is celebrated today, March 20. He is best known for his masterwork, Metamorphoses. This collections of stories was wildly popular in classical times and was a source of inspiration for Chaucer and Shakespeare, among many others. Gathered here are fresh and timely words of Ovid’s wisdom:

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”

“We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.”

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

“I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.”

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force, but through persistence.”

“Enhance and intensify one’s vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality.”

“Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.”

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”

“Make the workmanship surpass the materials.”

“Fortune and love favor the brave….The bold adventurer succeeds the best.”

“Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.”

“Nothing is stronger than habit.”

“All things change; nothing perishes.”

“Beauty is a fragile gift.”

“There is a god within us.”

Bravo, Ovid! And now, I spirited and emboldened, let’s all write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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