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PLAUTUS (TITUS MACCIUS PLAUTUS)
Roman dramatist
(254 BC - 184 BC)
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Vulgarity of manners defiles fine garments more than mud.
      - [Proverbs]

We can more easily endure that which shames than that which vexes us.
      - [Proverbs]

We only appreciate the comforts of life in their loss.
      - [Proverbs]

When you ask for it back again, you find a friend made an enemy by your own kindness. If yon begin to press still further--either you must part with that which you have entrusted, or else you must lose that friend.
      - [Lending]

Wine is a cunning wrestler.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

You drown him by your talk.
      - [Speech]

You have eaten a meal dangerously seasoned. [You have laid up a grief in store for yourself.]
      - [Proverbs]

You needn't remind me of that.
      - [Proverbs]

You will not be a chip the richer.
      - [Proverbs]

Virtue is the highest reward. Virtue truly goes before all things. Liberty, safety, life, property, parents, country, and children are protected and preserved. Virtue has all things in herself; he who has virtue has all things that are good attending him.
  [Lat., Virtus praemium est optimum.
    Virtus omnibus rebus anteit profecto.
      Libertas, salus, vita, res, parentes,
        Patria et prognati tutantur, servantur;
          Virtus omnia in se habet; omnia assunt bona, quem penes est vertus.]
      - Amphitruo (act II, 2, 17) [Virtue]

You will stir up the hornets.
  [Lat., Irritabis crabones.]
      - Amphitruo (act II, 2, 75) [Contention]

If anything is spoken in jest, it is not fair to turn it to earnest.
  [Lat., Si quid dictum est per jocum,
    Non aequum est id te serio praevortier.]
      - Amphitruo (III, 2, 39) [Jesting]

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.]
      - Amphitruo--Prologue (LXXVIII) [Merit]

I have taken a wife, I have sold my sovereignty for a dowry.
  [Lat., Uxorem accepi, dote imperium vendidi.]
      - Asinaria (act I, sc. 1) [Wives]

Smooth words in place of gifts.
  [Lat., Dicta docta pro datis.]
      - Asinaria (act III) [Gifts]

He who seeks for gain, must be at some expense.
  [Lat., Necesse est facere sumptum, qui quaerit lucrum.]
      - Asinaria (I, 3, 65) [Gain]

Man is a wolf to man.
  [Lat., Homo homini lupus.]
      - Asinaria (II, 4, 88) [Man]

Modesty becomes a young man.
  [Lat., Adolescentem verecundum esse decet.]
      - Asinaria (V, 1, 8) [Modesty]

Feast to-day makes fast to-morrow.
  [Lat., Festo die si quid prodegeris,
    Profesto egere liceat nisi peperceris.]
      - Aulularia [Eating]

In one had he bears a stone, with the other offers bread.
  [Lat., Altera manu fert lapidem, panem ostentat altera.]
      - Aulularia (act II, 2, 18) [Gifts]

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.]
      - Aulularia (II, 1, 5) [Women]

If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.
  [Lat., Si animus est aequus tibi satis habes, qui bene vitam colas.]
      - Aulularia (II, 2, 10) [Contentment]

He carries a stone in one hand, and offers bread with the other.
  [Lat., Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat.]
      - Aulularia (II, 2, 18) [Deceit : Proverbs]

I trust no rich man who is officiously kind to a poor man.
  [Lat., Nemini credo, qui large blandus est dives pauperi.]
      - Aulularia (II, 2, 30) [Wealth]

He whom the gods favor dies in youth.
      - Bacchides (act 4, sc. 7, l. 18) [Death]


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