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(Usually Martial is noted for his scatological jabs in connection with the sordid aspects of Roman society. These are all grist for a poet’s literary mill; but here and there he writes certain deeply felt incidents that are like spangles sewn on the vile coverlets of a Roman bawdy house.
Like this threnody on a slave girl lately diseased. b.)

To you my parents, I send on
This little girl Erotion.
The slave I loved, that by your side
Her ghost need not be terrified
Of the pitch darkness underground
Or the great jaws of Hades hound.
This winter she would have completed
Her sixth year had she not been cheated
By just six days. Lisping my name,
May she continue the sweet game
Of childhood happily down there
In two such good, old spirit’s care.
Lie lightly on her, turf and dew:
She put so little weight on you.

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#81
If you are poor now, my friend, then you’ll stay poor.
These days only the rich get even more.
LXXXI

Semper pauper eris, si pauper es, Aeimiliane.
dantur opes nullis nunc nisi divitibus (ack: Martial/The Epigrams-pub.Penguin Classics-tr.James Michie)
As it was in the first-century Rome as true even these times.
It is true under democracy or any crazy system of political ideology man has devised. It would seem the moment the archangel announced ‘liberty’ man just took it to mean ‘money!’In India they have been mouthing platitudes while kickbacks kept filling the pockets of powers that be. In the US their fine art of making money gave capitalism a new synonym-crapitalism.
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Quote:death

    2.’You give shape to life but death gives it a context in that life  goes on and on in others’.

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Quote:life

    1. Life is neutral but we always without exception take sides”.

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Wisdom without compassion is like beauty without charm.

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“Any man’s gain is someone else’s loss. God isn’t a Being to rob Paul to give Peter for his supposedly good heart”.
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Sleep

“ Sleep offers some breathtaking views of dreams that I can take it all in a night’s rest.”

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“Putting money to work for some is a play; while for some others a dreadful business. Whichever way one approaches it there are always losers and winners.”
“The trouble with high finance is that it will always come attached with low angles”.
“Before you invest money in any venture always ask yourself this question: ‘Is it that your inner voice or you let money speak?’ ”
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