At a time when blood flowed like a river, there was no less love. The love advice of the poet Ovid was popular then, but they are still relevant now.
Many inquisitive descendants, among whom was the loving Pushkin, delved into the advice of the ancient Roman poet Ovid.
Publius Ovid Nazon is an ancient Roman poet best known for his love elegies and poems. Ovid had a strong influence on European literature, including Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin. His works were extensive and touched on many aspects of human life at that time. Ovid wrote a lot of interesting things about relationships with women. What can be learned from the experience of the ancient Roman poet Ovid to a modern man? Much!
15 love advice from the ancient Roman poet Ovid
1. Take the first step yourself
“Really, the one who expects the initial step from a woman seems to be too high, thinking about his beauty. The first attack is for a man and the first requests are for a man, so that a woman can surrender to requests and flattery."
2. Strive for excellence
"To be loved, be worthy of love, and this will not be given to you by an exceptionally beautiful appearance or a slender figure, - you must combine physical beauty with the gift of mind"
3. Don't be easy prey
"We always strive for the forbidden and wish for the unlawful"
“There are women for whom our devotion is a burden: In them, love fades away if there is no rival. Sometimes the soul becomes exhausted, fed up with happiness, for it is not so easy to keep a measure of contentment. As if a fire, in its burning wasted its strength, exhausted, lies, hiding under gray ash, but offer it sulfur - and it will flare up with a new flame, and shine again brightly, as it shone before - so the soul sometimes freezes in undisturbed laziness: a sharp armchair hit, so that love is kindled!
4. Don't waste your time
“Take advantage of youth; life passes quickly: subsequent joys will not be as beautiful as the first"
“Do not forget that the coming old age awaits you - the time of love is precious, don’t waste a day. Enjoy life while the spring years are in bloom: time flies faster than a hurried stream"
5. Give compliments
“If you want a woman to continue to love you, try to instill in her the idea that you are delighted with her beauty. If she will be in a red dress, praise the red dress, if she will be in a dress of light fabric, say that it suits her. If she is wearing gold jewelry, tell her that you personally value it more than gold; if she chooses to wear a winter cloth suit, praise her for wearing a winter cloth suit. She will come up in one shirt, shout: "You are burning me!.." - and in a pleading voice ask her not to catch a cold. If her hair is skillfully combed into two braids, be delighted that it is combed into two braids; if that hair is curled, praise the curl. Admire her hands in dancing and her voice when she sings; if she stops, express regret that she finished early"
6. Don't criticize
“Most of all, beware of noticing ugliness in a friend! If, having noticed, you keep silent, this is your praise. So he never called his Andromeda dark-skinned. The one with two fluttering wings on his feet. So Andromache seemed overweight to others - Hector was the only one who found her slender among all. What is unpleasant, get used to it: habit is salvation!"
7. Do not be jealous in vain
"Jealousy strikes the death blow to the most enduring and strongest love"
8. Watch yourself
“Just be neat and simple. Sunburned on the Champ de Mars. Fit the body, pick up a clean toga for your height, fasten the soft shoe strap with a stainless steel buckle so that your leg does not dangle, as if in a wide bag. Do not disgrace your head with an inept haircut - Hair and beard require a dexterous hand. Let your nails not stick out, bordered with black mud. And not a single one looks hair from a hollow nostril. Let not smell of heavy staleness from a clean mouth. And the goat does not breathe from your armpits; Leave the rest - let the girls amuse themselves with this …"
9. Don't give up and don't be afraid of obstacles
"Either don't take it, or bring it to the end"
"A drop hollows a stone not by force, but by a frequent fall."
10. Know how to part
“It is not enough to be able to leave - be able to leave without returning. So that the exhausted heat fell out as cold ash"
11. Learn the art of love and sex
"Love is an art that can be learned and in which one can improve only by knowing its laws"
12. Take action
"Night, love and wine do not awaken humble desires: night drives away bashfulness, and wine and love - timidity"
13. Hide your emotions
“Try to seem cold like ice, even when Etna is raging in your chest. Pretend that you are already healed, do not give out the torment. The tears in which you live, hide with a cheerful smile"
14. Be flexible
“Caress, joke and peace are all that feeds love. If a friend in response to love will be unfriendly. Be patient and strong: wait, and she will soften. Bend the branch, and it will bend if you bend patiently. If you press with force, then the branch will break. Be patient, swim with the current across every river, for it is empty work - to swim against the current. Be patient, and you will pacify both the tigress and the lioness, and the stubborn bull will bend his neck under the yoke. I say: be compliant! Concessions bring victory. Whatever comes to her mind, do it like an actor! Say "no" - say "no", say "yes" - say "yes": obey! He will praise - praise, he will scold and scold, you will laugh and laugh, and you will cry - cry. Let her be a decree to all facial expressions! If he wants to play by throwing square dice, try to play worse, try to pay more"
15. Be persistent
“Let it not be given - but you take it even without giving it. If he will fight and if he says: "Unsuitable!" Know: not yours, but yours wants victory in the fight. Just try not to hurt the tender lips, so that the maiden cannot blame your rudeness. Whoever, having broken a kiss, did not tear off everything else, I truly say, does not even need kisses for the future. What prevented you from reaching the fullness you desire? Shame? It's not at all a shame - except that your dullness"
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