“I shall not begin to weary of my enterprise as long as I have life left in me. If I could take back what I have done, not to have even begun was best; but the second best thing is to bring it to an end.”
…nec taedia coepti
ulla mei capiam, dum spiritus iste manebit.
nam primum, si facta mihi revocare liceret,
non coepisse fuit; coepta expugnare secundum est.
Note: Yeah, it all sounds nice and inspirational, but this is actually excerpted from a speech made by Byblis in her attempt to seduce her brother Caunus.
3 thoughts on “Ovid, Metamorphoses 9.16-19”
Well, the aim might be questionable, but we can commend the spirit…maybe?
That sounds a bit too much like a modern sentiment. Tsk tsk tsk.