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PLAUTUS (TITUS MACCIUS PLAUTUS)
Roman dramatist
(254 BC - 184 BC)
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He whom the gods love dies young, whilst he is full of health, perception, and judgment.
  [Lat., Quem dii diligunt,
    Adolescens moritur, dum valet, sentit, sapit.]
      - Bacchides (act IV, 7, 18) [Death : Proverbs]

The mind is hopeful; success is in God's hands.
  [Lat., Sperat quidem animus: quo eveniat, diis in manu est.]
      - Bacchides (I, 2, 36) [Success]

I count him lost, who is lost to shame.
  [Lat., Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor.]
      - Bacchides (III, 3, 80) [Shame]

How often the highest talent lurks in obscurity.
  [Lat., Ut saepe summa ingenia in occulto latent!]
      - Captivi (I, 2, 62) [Obscurity : Proverbs]

Fortune moulds and circumscribes human affairs as she pleases.
  [Lat., Fortuna humana fingit artatque ut lubet.]
      - Captivi (II, 2, 54) [Fortune]

There is indeed a God that hears and sees whate'er we do.
  [Lat., Est profecto deus, qui, quae nos gerimus, auditque et videt.]
      - Captivi (II, 2, 63) [God]

I esteem death a trifle, if not caused by guilt.
  [Lat., Dum ne ob male facta peream, parvi aestimo.]
      - Captivi (III, 5, 24) [Guilt]

He who dies for virtue, does not perish.
  [Lat., Qui per virtutem peritat, non interit.]
      - Captivi (III, 5, 32) [Virtue]

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.]
      - Captivi Prologue (XLIV) [Goodness]

The gods play games with men as balls.
  [Lat., Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.]
      - Captivi Prologue (XXII) [Gods]

Conquered, we conquer.
  [Lat., Victus vincimus.]
      - Casina (act I, 1) [Conquest]

Food of Acheron. (Grave.)
  [Lat., Pabulum Acheruntis.]
      - Casina (act II, sc. 1, l. 11) [Graves]

He that is in love, faith, if he be hungry, is not hungry at all.
  [Lat., Qui amat, tamen hercle si esurit, nullum esurit.]
      - Casina (IV, 2, 16) [Love]

Love has both its gall and honey in abundance: it has sweetness to the taste, but it presents bitterness also to satiety.
  [Lat., Amor et melle et felle est foecundissimus:
    Gustu dat dulce, amarum ad satietatem usque aggerit.]
      - Cistellaria (I, 1, 71) [Love]

The herd of hirelings. (A venal pack.)
  [Lat., Grex venalium.]
      - Cistellaria (IV, 2, 67) [Labor]

Flame is very near to smoke.
  [Lat., Flamma fumo est proxima.]
      - Curculio (act I, 1, 53) [Fire]

He who would eat the kernel, must crack the shell.
  [Lat., Qui e nuce nucleum esse vult, frangat nucem.]
      - Curculio (I, 1, 55) [Necessity : Proverbs]

Find me a reasonable lover against his weight in gold.
  [Lat., Auro contra cedo modestum amatorem.]
      - Curculio (I, 3, 45) [Love]

No man has perpetual good fortune.
  [Lat., Nulli est homini perpetuum bonum.]
      - Curculis (I, 3, 32) [Fortune]

It is well for one to know more than he says.
  [Lat., Plus scire satius est, quam loqui.]
      - Epidicus (I, 1, 60) [Knowledge]

It is a bitter disappointment when you have sown benefits, to reap injuries.
  [Lat., Sed ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom malis messem metas!]
      - Epidicus (V, 2, 52) [Disappointment]

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!]
      - Epidicus (V, 2, 53) [Evil]

They call me mad, while they are all mad themselves.
  [Lat., Hei mihi, insanire me ajunt, ultro cum ipsi insaniunt.]
      - Menoechmi (V, 2, 90) [Insanity]

I am myself my own commander.
  [Lat., Egomet sum mihi imperator.]
      - Mercator (act V) [Soul]

When a man reaches the last stage of life,--without senses or mentality--they say that he has grown a child again.
  [Lat., Senex cum extemplo est, jam nec sentit, nec sapit;
    Ajunt solere eum rursum repuerascere.]
      - Mercator (II, 2, 24) [Age]


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