“The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough, but to retrace one's steps, and reach the air above, there's the rub.”
In Latin: "Facilis descensus Averni, Sed revocare gradum, superasque evadere ad auras Hoc opus, hic labor est."
The Aeneid, I. 207. As quoted in "The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations: English, Latin, and Modern Foreign Languages", compiled by Jehiel Keeler Hoyt, Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1896, p. 730
The Aeneid (c. 29-19 BC). Variant translation: "Fortune favours the bold."
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Bio: Publius Vergilius Maro, usually called Virgil or Vergil in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, are sometimes attributed to him.