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QUINTUS ENNIUS
Calabrian Roman epic poet
(c. 239 BC - 169 BC)

A true friend is distinguished in the crisis of hazard and necessity; when the gallantry of his aid may show the worth of his soul and the loyalty of his heart.
      - [Friends]

A true friend is tested in adversity.
      - [Proverbs]

He hath freedom whoso beareth clean and constant heart within.
      - [Freedom]

He who civilly shows the way to one who has missed it, is as one who has lighted another's lamp from his own lamp; it none the less gives light to himself when it burns for the other.
  [Lat., Homo qui erranti comiter monstrat viam,
    Quasi lumen de suo lumine accendit, facit:
      Nihilominus ipsi luceat, cum illi accenderit.]
      - quoted by Cicero in "De Officiis", 1, 16
        [Help]

He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.
      - [Wisdom]

Let no one honour me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of me.
  [Lat., Nemo me lacrymis decoret, nec funera fletu.
    Faxit cur? Volito vivu' per ora virum.]
      - attributed to,
        quoted by Cicero "Tusc. Quoest.", 15, 34, latter part said to be in Ennius' "Epitaph"
        [Reputation]

No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.
      - [Ideals]

One man by delay restored the state, for he preferred the public safety to idle report.
  [Lat., Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem,
    Non ponebat enim rumores ante salutem.]
      - quoted by Cicero [Delay]

One man restored our fortunes by delay. [By skilfully avoiding an engagement, Fabius exhausted the resources of the enemy.]
      - (Latin) [Proverbs]

That is true liberty, which bears a pure and firm breast.
      - [Freedom]

They hate whom they fear.
      - [Hatred]

To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.
      - [Liberty]

The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage.
  [Lat., Nequicquam sapere sapientem, qui ipse sibi prodesse non quiret.]
      - I, quoted by Cicero "De Officii", 3, 15
        [Wisdom]

Whom men fear they hate, and whom they hate, they wish dead.
  [Lat., Quem metuont oderunt, quem quisque odit periisse expetit.]
      - Thyestes, (Atreus log.) [Hatred]

May his body rest free from evil.
  [Lat., Corpus requiescat a malis.]
      - Tusc. (I, 44), quoted by Cicero [Epitaphs]


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