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Virgil Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Virgil
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“Troy shall overturn the Grecian state, And sweet revenge her conqu’ring sons shall call, To crush the people that conspir’d her fall.”
Virgil
author
The Aenid
book
Jove
character
war
prophecy
revenge
concepts
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“Not Helen’s face, nor Paris, was in fault; But by the gods was this destruction brought.”
Virgil
author
Venus
character
fate
gods
destruction
concepts
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“Gods of the liquid realms, on which I row! If, giv’n by you, the laurel bind my brow, Assist to make me guilty of my vow! A snow-white bull shall on your shore be slain; His offer’d entrails cast into the main, And ruddy wine, from golden goblets thrown, Your grateful gift and my return shall own.”
Virgil
author
Cloanthus
character
promises
gods
sacrifice
concepts
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“You promis’d once, a progeny divine Of Romans, rising from the Trojan line, In after times should hold the world in awe, And to the land and ocean give the law.”
Virgil
author
Venus
character
awe
promises
law
concepts
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“O country lost, and gods redeem’d in vain, If still in endless exile we remain!”
Virgil
author
Iris
Beroe
characters
loss
exile
despair
concepts
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“Daughter, dismiss thy fears; to thy desire The fates of thine are fix’d, and stand entire.”
Virgil
author
Jove
character
desires
fear
fate
concepts
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“The queen, whom sense of honor could not move, No longer made a secret of her love, But call’d it marriage, by that specious name To veil the crime and sanctify the shame.”
Virgil
author
Dido
character
shame
marriage
love
concepts
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“My fatal course is finish’d; and I go, A glorious name, among the ghosts below.”
Virgil
author
Dido
character
glory
fame
death
concepts
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“Can heav’nly minds such high resentment show, Or exercise their spite in human woe?”
Virgil
author
resentments
spite
gods
concepts
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“Fierce Juno’s hate, Added to hostile force, shall urge thy fate.”
Virgil
author
Deiphobe
character
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“And, lest new fears disturb thy happy state, Know, I have search’d the mystic rolls of Fate.”
Virgil
author
Jove
character
prophecy
fear
fate
concepts
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“Why could not I by that strong arm be slain, And lie by noble Hector on the plain?”
Virgil
author
Aeneas
character
regret
survivor
war
grief
concepts
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“High on the deck the godlike hero stands, With olive crown’d, a charger in his hands; Then cast the reeking entrails in the brine, And pour’d the sacrifice of purple wine.”
Virgil
author
Aeneas
character
heroes
ship
sacrifice
concepts
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“Rising Crete against their shore appears. There too, in living sculpture, might be seen The mad affection of the Cretan queen; Then how she cheats her bellowing lover’s eye; The rushing leap, the doubtful progeny, The lower part a beast, a man above, The monument of their polluted love.”
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“Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc’d by fate, And haughty Juno’s unrelenting hate, Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan shore. Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore, And in the doubtful war, before he won The Latian realm, and built the destin’d town; His banish’d gods restor’d to rites divine, And settled sure succession in his line, From whence the race of Alban fathers come, And the long glories of majestic Rome.”
Virgil
author
history
war
glory
concepts
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″‘T is fate diverts our course, and fate we must obey.”
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″‘Endure the hardships of your present state; Live, and reserve yourselves for better fate.’ These words he spoke, but spoke not from his heart; His outward smiles conceal’d his inward smart.”
Virgil
author
Aeneas
character
loss
hope
encouragement
concepts
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“Who knows what hazards thy delay may bring? Woman’s a various and a changeful thing.”
Virgil
author
Hermes
character
delay
woman
danger
concepts
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“They hope the fated land, but fear the fatal way.”
Virgil
author
Matrons
character
hope
fear
fate
concepts
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“Venus, anxious for her son’s affairs, New counsels tries, and new designs prepares.”
Virgil
author
Venus
character
plans
anxiety
counsel
concepts
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“Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind.”

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