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To counsel others, and to disregard one's own safety, is folly.
Unless your works lead to profit, vain is your glory in them.
Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Witty remarks are all very well when spoken at a proper time: when out of place they are offensive.
Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.
[Lat., Non semper ea sunt, quae videntur; decipit
Frons prima multos; rara mens intelligit
Quod interiore condidit cura angulo.]
- bk. IV, prol. 5 [Appearance]
Opportunity has hair on her forehead, but is bald behind. If you meet her seize her, for once let slip, Jove himself cannot catch her again.
[Lat., Occasio prima sui parte comosa, posteriore calva
Quam si occupasis, teneas elapsum
Non isse possit Jupiter reprehendre.]
- bk. V, fable 8 [Opportunity]
Endure this evil lest a worse come upon you.
[Lat., Hoc sustinete, majus ne neniat malum.]
- Fables (bk. I, 2, 31) [Evil]
Out of breath to no purpose, in doing much doing nothing. A race (of busybodies) hurtful to itself and most hateful to all others.
[Lat., Gratis anhelans, multa agendo nihil agens.
Sibi molesta, et aliis odiosissima.]
- Fables (bk. II, 5, 3) [Nothingness]
You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.
[Lat., Cito rumpes arcum, semper si tensum habueris.]
- Fables (bk. III, 14) [Prudence]
I am in search of a man.
[Lat., Hominem quaero.]
- Fables (bk. III, 19, 9) [Man]
He carried and nourished in his breast a snake, tender-hearted against his own interest.
[Lat., Colubram sustulit
Sinuque fovet, contra se ipse misericors.]
- Fables (bk. IV, 18) [Kindness]
For life is nearer every day to death.
[Lat., Nam vita morti propior est quotidie.]
- Fables (bk. IV, 25, 10) [Death]
Jupiter has placed upon us two wallets. Hanging behind each person's back he has given one full of his own faults; in front he has hung a heavy one full of other people's.
[Lat., Peras imposuit Jupiter nobis duas.
Propriis repletam vitiis post tergum dedit;
Alienis ante pectus supendit gravem.]
- Fables (bk. IV, 9, 1) [Faults]
A coward boasting of his courage may deceive strangers, but he is a laughing-stock to those who know him.
[Lat., Virtutis expers verbis jactans gloriam
Ignotos fallit, notis est derisui.]
- Fables (I, 11, 1) [Cowards]
They who delight to be flattered, pay for their folly by a late repentance.
[Lat., Qu se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis,
Sera dant peonas turpes poenitentia.]
- Fables (I, 13, 1) [Flattery]
In a change of government the poor change nothing but the name of their masters.
[Lat., In principatu commutando civium
Nil praeter domini nomen mutant pauperes.]
- Fables (I, 15, 1) [Government]
The smooth speeches of the wicked are full of treachery.
[Lat., Habent insidias hominis blanditiae mali.]
- Fables (I, 19, 1) [Deceit]
Whoever has fallen from his former high estate is in his calamity the scorn even of the base.
[Lat., Quicumque amisit dignitatem pristinam
Ignavis etiam jocus est in casu gravi.]
- Fables (I, 21, 1) [Misfortune]
The poor, trying to imitate the powerful, perish.
[Lat., Inops, potentem dum vult imitari, perit.]
- Fables (I, 24, 1) [Poverty]
Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their pains and are laughed to scorn.
[Lat., Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus,
Et perdunt operam et deridentur tupiter.]
- Fables (I, 25) [Advice]
Every one ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
[Lat., Sua quisque exempla debet aequo animo pati.]
- Fables (I, 26, 12) [Patience]
A partnership with men in power is never safe.
[Lat., Nunquam est fidelis cum potente societas.]
- Fables (I, 5, 1) [Power]
O that such beauty should be so devoid of understanding!
[Lat., O quanta species cerebrum non habet!]
- Fables (I, 7, 2) [Beauty]
True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
[Lat., Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.]
- Fables (II, 1, 12) [Covetousness]
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