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Fortune is gentle to the lowly, and heaven strikes the humble with a light hand.
[Lat., Minor in parvis Fortuna furit,
Leviusque ferit leviora deus.]
- Hippolytus (act IV, 1,124) [Fortune]
The shifting hour flies with doubtful wings; nor does swift Fortune keep faith with anyone.
[Lat., Volat ambiguis
Mobilis alis hora; nec ulli
Praestat velox Fortuna fidem.]
- Hippolytus (act IV, 1,141) [Fortune]
Fortune is less severe against those of lesser degree, and God strikes what is weak with less power.
[Lat., Minor in parvis fortuna furit,
Leviusque ferit leviora Deus.]
- Hippolytus (act IV, 1124) [Punishment]
Anger, though concealed, is betrayed by the countenance.
[Lat., Quamvis tegatur proditur vultu furor.]
- Hippolytus (CCCLXIII) [Anger]
He who has fostered the sweet poison of love by fondling it, finds it too late to refuse the yoke which he has of his own accord assumed.
[Lat., Qui blandiendo dulce nutrivit malum,
Sero recusat ferre, quod subiit, jugum.]
- Hippolytus (CXXXIV) [Love]
One crime has to be concealed by another.
[Lat., Scelere velandum est scelus.]
- Hippolytus (DCCXXI) [Crime]
No crime has been without a precedent.
[Lat., Nullum caruit exemplo nefas.]
- Hippolytus (DLIV) [Crime]
He who begs timidly courts a refusal.
[Lat., Qui timide rogat,
- Hippolytus (II, 593) [Beggary]
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
[Lat., Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.]
- Lib. de Divina Providentia [Adversity]
Nor shall Thule be the extremity of the world.
[Lat., Nec sit terris ultima Thule.]
- Med (act III, 375) [Country Life]
No time is too short for the wicked to injure their neighbors.
[Lat., Nullum ad nocendum tempus angustum est malis.]
- Medea (292) [Time]
Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
[Lat., Fortune opes auferre, non animum potest.]
- Medea (CLXXVI) [Courage]
If you judge, investigate; if you reign, command.
[Lat., Si judicas, cognosce; si regnas, jube.]
- Medea (CXCIV) [Judges : Law]
He who decides a case without hearing the other side, though he decide justly, cannot be considered just.
[Lat., Qui statuit aliquid, parte inaudita altera,
Aequum licet statuerit, haud aequus fuerit.]
- Medea (CXCIX) [Justice : Law]
He profits by crime is guilty of it.
[Lat., Cui podest scelus,
- Medea (D) [Crime]
That grief is light which can take counsel.
[Lat., Levis est dolor qui capere consilium potest.]
- Medea (I, 55) [Grief]
The whole discord of this world consists in discords.
[Lat., Tota hujus mundi concordia ex discordibus constat.]
- Nat. Quoest (bk. VII, 27) [Contention]
The voice is nothing but beaten air.
[Lat., Vox nihil aliud quam ictus aer.]
- Naturalinum Quoestionum (bk. II) [Voice]
To preserve the life of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country.
[Lat., Servare cives, major est virtus patriae patri.]
- Octavia (444) [Patriotism]
He deserves praise who does not what he may, but what he ought.
[Lat., Id facere laus est quod decet, non quod licet.]
- Octavia (454) [Praise]
This is our chief bane, that we live not according to the light of reason, but after the fashion of others.
[Lat., Id nobis maxime nocet, quod non ad rationis lumen sed ad similitudinem aliorum vivimus.]
- Octavia (act II, 454) [Reason]
It is the act of the indolent not to know what he may lawfully do. It is praiseworthy to do what is becoming, and not merely what is lawful.
[Lat., Inertis est nescire, quid liceat sibi.
Id facere, laus est, quod decet; non, quod licet.]
- Octavia (CCCCLIII) [Law]
No one becomes guilty by fate.
[Lat., Nemo fit fato nocens.]
- Oedipus (1,019) [Fate]
Leave in concealment what has long been concealed.
[Lat., Latere semper patere, quod latuit diu.]
- Oedipus (826) [Secrecy]
Truth hates delays.
[Lat., Veritas odit moras.]
- Oedipus (850) [Truth]
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