Quotation by Marcus Valerius Martial

Martial, the things for to attain
The happy life be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain;
The fruitful ground, the quiet mind;
The equal friend; no grudge nor strife;
No charge of rule nor governance;
Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis) (c. 40–c.104), Roman poet. The Happy Life (l. 1–6). . .

New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250–1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
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