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The Unattractiveness of Vanity

Martial, Epigrams 1.64

You’re beautiful – yes, we all know it -
And in the prime of youth – that much is true -
And you’re certainly rich – who could deny it?
But Fabulla, when you overpraise yourself,
You’re not rich, or beautiful, or young any longer.

Bella es, nouimus, et puella, uerum est, 
et diues, quis enim potest negare?
Sed cum te nimium, Fabulla, laudas,
nec diues neque bella nec puella es.

Portrait of a Young Girl, Raphael (1483-1520)