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One eye-witness is of more weight than ten hearsays. Those who hear, speak of shat they have heard; whose who see, know beyond mistake.
[Lat., Pluris est oculatus testis unus, quam auriti decem.
Qui audiunt, audita dicunt; qui vident, plane sciunt.] -- Plautus
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I love truth and wish to have it always spoken to me: I hate a liar.
[Lat., Ego verum amo, verum volo mihi dici; mendacem odi.] -- Plautus
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If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably. -- Plautus
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The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture. -- Plautus
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I trust no rich man who is officiously kind to a poor man. -- Plautus
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In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.
[Lat., Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu;
Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.] -- Plautus
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Man is a wolf to man.
[Lat., Homo homini lupus.] -- Plautus
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We only appreciate the comforts of life in their loss. -- Plautus
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A woman without paint is like food without salt. -- Plautus
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It is sheer folly to take unwilling hounds to the chase. -- Plautus
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To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.
[Lat., Simul flare sorbereque haud facile
Est: ego hic esse et illic simul, haud potui.] -- Plautus
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Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth. -- Plautus
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To a well deserving person God will show favor. To an ill deserving person He will simply be just. -- Plautus
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Things unhoped for happen oftener than things we desire. -- Plautus
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Things we not hope for often come to pass than things we wish. -- Plautus
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He is a friend indeed who proves himself a friend in need. -- Plautus
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I am undone! I have smashed the waggon. [I have ruined all.] -- Plautus
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No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not become an annoyance when he has stayed three continuous days in a friend's house. [Lat., Hospes nullus tam in amici hospitium diverti potest, Quin ubi triduum continuum fuerit jam odiosus siet. -- Plautus
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Smooth words in place of gifts.
[Lat., Dicta docta pro datis.] -- Plautus
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A woman finds it much easier to do ill than well.
[Lat., Mulieri nimio male facere melius est onus, quam bene.] -- Plautus
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I know that we women are all justly accounted praters; they say in the present day that there never was in any age such a wonder to be found as a dumb woman.
[Lat., Nam multum loquaces merito omnes habemus,
Nec mutam profecto repertam ullam esse
Hodie dicunt mulierem ullo in seculo.] -- Plautus
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Every one can remember that which has interested himself. -- Plautus
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Arrogance is the outgrowth of prosperity. -- Plautus
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Fortitude is a great help in distress. -- Plautus
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He is happy in his wisdom who has learned at another's expense. -- Plautus
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He is hailed a conqueror of conquerors.
[Lat., Victor victorum cluet.] -- Plautus
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Fire is next akin to smoke. -- Plautus
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The Bell never rings of itself; unless some one handles or moves it it is dumb.
[Lat., Nunquam aedepol temere tinniit tintinnabulum;
Nisi quis illud tractat aut movet, mutum est, tacet.] -- Plautus
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It does not matter a feather whether a man be supported by patron or client, if he himself wants courage.
[Lat., Animus tamen omnia vincit.
Ille etiam vires corpus habere facit.] -- Plautus
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Let a man who wants to find abundance of employment procure a woman and a ship: for no two things do produce more trouble if you begin to equip them; neither are these two things ever equipped enough. -- Plautus
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Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears. -- Plautus
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Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. -- Plautus
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It is easier to begin well than to finish well. -- Plautus
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Vulgarity of manners defiles fine garments more than mud. -- Plautus
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Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising. -- Plautus
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Persevere in virtue and diligence. -- Plautus
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Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies. -- Plautus
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You drown him by your talk. -- Plautus
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You love a nothing when you love an ingrate. -- Plautus
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I count him lost, who is lost to shame. -- Plautus
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It is wretched business to be digging a well just as thirst is mastering you. -- Plautus
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In everything the middle road is best. -- Plautus
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It is not fair to treat as serious that which is only said in joke. -- Plautus
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Love has both its gall and honey in abundance: it has sweetness to the taste, but it presents bitterness also to satiety. -- Plautus
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No man will be respected by others who is despised by his own relatives. -- Plautus
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The stronger always succeeds. -- Plautus
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If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice. -- Plautus
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When you fly from temptation, don't leave a forwarding address. Where there's smoke there's fire. -- Plautus
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We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough.
[Lat., Virtute ambire oportet, non favitoribus.
Sat habet favitorum semper, qui recte facit.] -- Plautus
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Flame is very near to smoke. -- Plautus
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The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money. -- Plautus
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Never speak ill of an absent friend. -- Plautus
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In misfortune if you cultivate a cheerful disposition you will reap the advantage of it. -- Plautus
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Good things soon find a purchaser. -- Plautus
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If you spend a thing you can not have it.
[Lat., Non tibi illud apparere si sumas potest.] -- Plautus
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I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism. -- Plautus
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Woman is certainly the daughter of Delay personified! -- Plautus
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Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only. -- Plautus
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That's a miserable and cursed word, to say I had, when what I have is nothing. -- Plautus
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Man is no man, but a wolf -- Plautus
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I have taken a wife, I have sold my sovereignty for a dowry.
[Lat., Uxorem accepi, dote imperium vendidi.] -- Plautus
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Modesty should accompany youth. -- Plautus
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He who dies for virtue does not perish. -- Plautus
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Find me a reasonable lover against his weight in gold. -- Plautus
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This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler. -- Plautus
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It wasn't for nothing that the raven was just now croaking on my left hand. -- Plautus
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This is the great evil in wine, it first seizes the feet; it is a cunning wrestler.
[Lat., Magnum hoc vitium vino est,
Pedes captat primum; luctator dolosu est.] -- Plautus
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If you strike the goads with your fists, your hands suffer most. -- Plautus
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That least pleases us which is most urged on us. -- Plautus
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It is customary these days to ignore what should be done in favour of what pleases us. -- Plautus
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A mouse does not rely on just one hole. -- Plautus
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Not every age is fit for childish sports. -- Plautus
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To waste one's breath; to pump into a sieve. -- Plautus
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He whom the gods love dies young, while he is in health, has his senses and his judgments sound. -- Plautus
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He who rushes headlong into love will fare worse than if he had cast himself from a precipice. -- Plautus
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Give assistance, and receive thanks lighter than a feather: injure a man, and his wrath will be like lead. -- Plautus
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No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days. -- Plautus
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The prudent man really frames his own fortunes for himself. -- Plautus
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Good courage in a bad affair is half of the evil overcome. -- Plautus
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Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. -- Plautus
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The gods give that man some profit to whom they are propitious.
[Lat., Cui homini dii propitii sunt aliquid objiciunt lucri.] -- Plautus
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I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. -- Plautus
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To love is human, it is also human to forgive. -- Plautus
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I seek the utmost pleasure and the least pain. -- Plautus
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Because those, who twit others with their faults, should look at home. -- Plautus
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I esteem death a trifle, if not caused by guilt. -- Plautus
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Ones oldest friend is the best. -- Plautus
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What is yours is mine, and all mine is yours. -- Plautus
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Your wealth is where your friends are. -- Plautus
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Do you never look at yourself when you abuse another person? -- Plautus
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A mouse never entrusts his life to only one hole. -- Plautus
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The woman who has the best perfume is she who has none. -- Plautus
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Poverty is a thorough instructress in all the arts.
[Lat., Paupertas ... omnes artes perdocet.] -- Plautus
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It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do. -- Plautus
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If you say hard things you must expect to hear them in return. -- Plautus
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A well-balanced mind is the best remedy against affliction. -- Plautus
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I suspect that hunger was my mother. -- Plautus
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Always bring money along with your complaints. -- Plautus
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If you are wise, be wise; keep what goods the gods provide you. -- Plautus
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There's no such thing, you know, as picking out the best woman: it's only a question of comparative badness, brother. -- Plautus
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Keep what you have got; the known evil is best.
[Lat., Habeas ut nactus; nota mala res optima est.] -- Plautus
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He that would eat the nut must crack the shell. -- Plautus
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After all, what is money apart from what it can buy? -- Plautus
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And so it happens oft in many instances; more good is done without our knowledge than by us intended.
[Lat., Itidemque ut saepe jam in multis locis,
Plus insciens quis fecit quam prodens boni.] -- Plautus
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Disgrace is immortal, and living even when one thinks it dead. -- Plautus
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Worthy things happen to the worthy. -- Plautus
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He who would eat the kernel, must crack the shell.
[Lat., Qui e nuce nucleum esse vult, frangat nucem.] -- Plautus
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If you squander on a holyday, you will want on a workday unless you have been sparing. -- Plautus
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It is difficult to fly without wings. -- Plautus
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Tattletales, and those who listen to their slander, by my good will, should all be hanged. The former by their tongues, the latter by their ears.
[Lat., Homines qui gestant, quique auscultant crimina, si meo arbitratu liceat, omnes pendeant gestores linguis, auditores auribus.] -- Plautus
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Your tittle-tattlers, and those who listen to slander, by my good will should all be hanged
the former by their tongues, the latter by the ears. -- Plautus
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The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors. -- Plautus
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It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush. -- Plautus
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He who falls in love meets a worse fate than he who leaps from a rock. -- Plautus
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In grasping at uncertainties we lost that which is certain. -- Plautus
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Little do you know what a gloriously uncertain thing law is. -- Plautus
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There is indeed a God that hears and sees whate'er we do.
[Lat., Est profecto deus, qui, quae nos gerimus, auditque et videt.] -- Plautus
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You will stir up the hornets.
[Lat., Irritabis crabones.] -- Plautus
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He means well' is useless unless he does well. -- Plautus
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That wife is an enemy to her husband who is given in marriage against her will. -- Plautus
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To snatch the worm from the trap. -- Plautus
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Are you not accustomed to look at home, when you abuse others? -- Plautus
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Fortune moulds and circumscribes human affairs as she pleases.
[Lat., Fortuna humana fingit artatque ut lubet.] -- Plautus
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In wondrous ways do the gods make sport with men.
[Lat., Miris modis Di ludos faciunt hominibus.] -- Plautus
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Know not what you know, and see not what you see.
[Lat., Etiam illud quod scies nesciveris;
Ne videris quod videris.] -- Plautus
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That man will never be unwelcome to others who makes himself agreeable to his own family. -- Plautus
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One eye-witness weighs more than ten hearsays - Seeing is believing all the world over. -- Plautus
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Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope. -- Plautus
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Est etiam, ubi profecto damnum praestet facere, quam lucrum - there are occasions when it is certainly better to lose than to gain -- Plautus
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It well becomes a young man to be modest. -- Plautus
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The gods confound the man who first found out How to distinguish hours! Confound him, too, Who in this place set up a sun-dial, To cut and hack my days so wretchedly Into small portions. -- Plautus
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Man's fortune is usually changed at once; life is changeable.
[Lat., Actutum fortunae solent mutarier; varia vita est.] -- Plautus
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I have lost my oil and my labor. (Labored in vain.)
[Lat., Oleum et operam perdidi.] -- Plautus
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Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need. -- Plautus
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There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain. -- Plautus
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A woman smells well when she smells of nothing. -- Plautus
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Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things. -- Plautus
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A man with courage has every blessing. -- Plautus
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Feast today makes fast tomorrow -- Plautus
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He who bravely endures evils, in time reaps the reward. -- Plautus
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How bitter it is to reap a harvest of evil for good that you have done!
[Lat., Ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom mali messem metas!] -- Plautus
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If you do anything well, gratitude is lighter than a feather; if you give offense in anything, people's wrath is as heavy as lead. -- Plautus
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It is best to know the worst at once. -- Plautus
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A word to the wise is sufficient -- Plautus
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A word to the wise is enough. -- Plautus
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If you speak insults you will hear them also. -- Plautus
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He whom the Gods love dies young. -- Plautus
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It is our human lot, it is heaven's will, that sorrow follow joy. -- Plautus
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It is good to love in a moderate degree; but it is not good to love to distraction. -- Plautus
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Out of many evils the evil which is least is the least of evils.
[Lat., E malis multis, malum, quod minimum est, id minimum est malum.] -- Plautus
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Let deeds match words. -- Plautus
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Know this, that troubles come swifter than the things we desire. -- Plautus
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For I know that many good things have happened to many, when least expected; and that many hopes have been disappointed. -- Plautus
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What you lend is lost; when you ask for it back, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press him further, you have the choice of two things
either to lose your loan or lose your friend. -- Plautus
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No man is wise enough by himself. -- Plautus
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Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate. -- Plautus
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He who has in due season become rich, unless he saves in due season, will in due season starve. -- Plautus
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Wine is a cunning wrestler. -- Plautus
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You little know what a ticklish thing it is to go to law.
[Lat., Nescis tu quam meticulosa res sit ire ad judicem.] -- Plautus
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It is only when we have lost them that we fully appreciate our blessings. -- Plautus
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Courage easily finds its own eloquence. -- Plautus
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It is common to forget a man and slight him if his good will cannot help you. -- Plautus
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The fool too late, his substance eaten up, reckons the cost. -- Plautus
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A mouse relies not solely on one hole. -- Plautus
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Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. -- Plautus
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Unexpected results are the rule rather than the exception. -- Plautus
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All good men and women should be on their guard to avoid guilt, and even the suspicion of it. -- Plautus
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Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt. -- Plautus
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Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life. -- Plautus
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To make any gain some outlay is necessary. -- Plautus
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Enemies carry a report in form different from the original. -- Plautus
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Remind a man of what he remembers, and you will make him forget it. -- Plautus
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I regard that man as lost, who has lost his sense of shame. -- Plautus
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One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers. -- Plautus
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All men love themselves. -- Plautus
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Courage is to take hard knocks like a man when occasion calls. -- Plautus
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Conquered, we conquer. -- Plautus
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Where there are sheep, the wolves are never very far away. -- Plautus
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Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. -- Plautus
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Even the whole of life is not sufficient for thorough learning. -- Plautus
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Ut saepe summa ingenia in occulto latent (How often the greatest talents are shrouded in obscurity) -- Plautus
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Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers. -- Plautus
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Flight without feathers is not easy. -- Plautus
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He is a friend who, in dubious circumstances, aids in deeds when deeds are necessary. -- Plautus
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It is easy to rule over the good. -- Plautus
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I am myself my own commander.
[Lat., Egomet sum mihi imperator.] -- Plautus
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He gains wisdom in a happy way, who gains it by another's experience.
[Lat., Feliciter sapit qui alieno periculo sapit.] -- Plautus
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Courage is its own reward. -- Plautus
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Practice yourself what you preach. -- Plautus
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Let not your expenditure exceed your income. -- Plautus
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How great in number are the little minded men. -- Plautus
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He who seeks for gain, must be at some expense. -- Plautus
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It is difficult to whistle and drink at the same time. -- Plautus
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The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. -- Plautus
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It is a bitter disappointment when you have sown benefits, to reap injuries. -- Plautus
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Nothing is more annoying than a tardy friend.
[Lat., Tardo amico nihil est quidquam iniquius.] -- Plautus
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For nobody is curious, who isn't malevolent. -- Plautus
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Drink, live like the Greeks, eat, gorge. -- Plautus
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If I can only keep my good name, I shall have riches enough. -- Plautus
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Laws are subordinate to custom. -- Plautus
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The evil that we know is best. -- Plautus
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To an honest man, it is an honor to have remembered his duty. -- Plautus
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Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers. -- Plautus
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Things we do not expect, happen more frequently than we wish. -- Plautus
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You have eaten a meal dangerously seasoned. [You have laid up a grief in store for yourself.] -- Plautus
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You must spend money to make money. -- Plautus
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That which you know, know not; and that which you see, see not. -- Plautus
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If you want to do something, do it! -- Plautus
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That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one. -- Plautus
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You will not be a chip the richer. -- Plautus
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Food of Acheron. (Grave.)
[Lat., Pabulum Acheruntis.] -- Plautus
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Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. -- Plautus
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In everything the middle course is the best; everything in excess brings trouble. -- Plautus
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He who tries to protect himself from deception is often cheated, even when most on his guard. -- Plautus
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A contented mind is the best source for trouble. -- Plautus
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Men understand the worth of blessings only when they have lost them. -- Plautus
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To ask that which is unjust at the hands of the just, is an injustice in itself; to expect that which is just from the unjust, is simple folly. -- Plautus
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He that is in love, faith, if he be hungry, is not hungry at all. -- Plautus
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Where there are friends there is wealth. -- Plautus
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He who is most on his guard is often himself taken in. -- Plautus
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For enemies carry about slander not in the form in which it took its rise . The scandal of men is everlasting; even then does it survive when you would suppose it to be dead. -- Plautus
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It is much easier to begin than to end. -- Plautus
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There are games in which it is better to lose than win. -- Plautus
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It is well for one to know more than he says. -- Plautus
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Whatever disgrace we may have deserved, it is almost always in our power to re-establish our character. -- Plautus
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The sea is certainly common to all. -- Plautus
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As long as she is wise and good, a girl has sufficient dowry. -- Plautus
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How often we see the greatest genius buried in obscurity! -- Plautus
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The gods play games with men as balls -- Plautus
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It is not without a purpose when a rich man greets a poor one with kindness. -- Plautus
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Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know. -- Plautus
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Keep what you have; the known evil is best. -- Plautus
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If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest. -- Plautus
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He can do most who has most power. -- Plautus
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How often the highest talent lurks in obscurity. -- Plautus
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The man who would be fully employed should procure a ship or a woman, for no two things produce more trouble. -- Plautus
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We can more easily endure that which shames than that which vexes us. -- Plautus
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Ah yes, the gods use us mortals as footballs! -- Plautus
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Women have many faults, but the worst of them all is that they are too pleased with themselves and take too little pains to please the men. -- Plautus
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It is wisdom to think upon anything before we execute it. -- Plautus
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I've seen many men avoid the region of good advice before they were really near it. -- Plautus
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Courage in danger is half the battle. -- Plautus
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He who accuses another of wrong should look well into his own conduct. -- Plautus