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Excess in nothing,--this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life.
[Lat., Id arbitror
Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid nimis.]
- Andria (I, 1, 33) [Moderation]
I hold this to be the rule of life, "Too much of anything is bad."
Lat., Nam id arbitror
Adprime in vita esse utile un ne quid nimis.]
- Andria (I, 1, 33) [Pleasure]
Obsequiousness begets friends; truth, hatred.
[Lat., Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit.]
- Andria (I, 1, 41) [Manners]
When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.
[Lat., Dum in dubio est animus, paulo momento huc illuc impellitur.]
- Andria (I, 5, 32) [Uncertainty]
No free man will ask as favor, what he can not claim as reward.
[Lat., Neutiquam officium liberi esse hominis puto
Cum is nihil promereat, postulare id gratiae apponi sibi.]
- Andria (II, 1, 32) [Favors]
As you can not do what you wish, you should wish what you can do.
[Lat., Quoniam id fieri quod vis non potest
Id velis quod possis.]
- Andria (II, 1, 6) [Wishes]
We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick.
[Lat., Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia aegrotis damus.]
- Andria (II, 1, 9) [Advice]
I am the most concerned in my own interests.
- Andria (IV, 1) [Self-love]
It is to be believed or told that there is such malice in men as to rejoice in misfortunes, and from another's woes to draw delight.
[Lat., Hoccin est credibile, aut memorabile
Tanta vecordia innata cuiquam ut siet,
Ut malis gaudeant alienis, atque ex incommodis
Alterius, sue au comparent commoda?
- Andria (IV, 1, 1) [Misfortune]
As we can, according to the old saying, when we can not, as we would.
[Lat., Ut quimus, aiunt, quando ut volumnus, non licet.]
- Andria (IV, 5, 10) [Prudence]
By too much knowledge they bring it about that they know nothing.
[Lat., Faciunt nae intelligendo, ut nihil intelligant.]
- Andria--Prologue (XVII) [Knowledge]
Said and done. Done as soon as said.
[Lat., Dicta et facta.]
- Eunuchus (5, 4, 19) [Action]
I know the nature of women. When you will, they will not; when you will not, they come of their own accord.
[Lat., Novi ingenium mulierum;
Nolunt ubi velis, ubi nolis cupiunt ultro.]
- Eunuchus (IV, 7, 42) [Women]
It becomes a wise man to try negotiation before arms.
[Lat., Omnia prius experiri verbis quam armis sapientem decet.]
- Eunuchus (V, 1, 19) [War]
One evil rises out of another.
[Lat., Aliud ex alio malum.]
- Eunuchus (V, 7, 17) [Evil]
I will make you always remember this place, this day, and me.
[Lat., Faciam, hujus, loci, dieique, meique semper memineris.]
- Eunuchus (V, 7, 31) [Memory]
Nothing is said nowadays that has not been said before.
[Lat., Nullum est jam dictum quod non dictum sit prius.]
- Eunuchus--Prologue (XLI),
as quoted by Donatus [Plagiarism : Speech]
I am a man, nothing that is human do I think unbecoming in me.
[Lat., Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (act I, sc. 1),
(F.W. Ricord's translation) [Man]
From others' slips some profit from one's self to gain.
[Lat., Hoc scitum'st periculum ex aliis facere, tibi quid ex usu sit.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (I, 2) [Gain]
As God loves me, I know not where I am.
[Lat., Ita me dii ament, ast ubi sim nescio.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (II, 3, 67)
Woe to my wretched self! from what a height of hope have I fallen!
[Lat., Vae misero mihi! quanta de spe decidi.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (II, 3, 9) [Hope]
The nature of all men is so formed that they see and discriminate in the affairs of others, much better than in their own.
[Lat., Ita comparatam esse naturam omnium, aliena ut melius videant et dijudicent, quam sua.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (III, 1, 94)
Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
[Lat., Nil tam difficile quin quaerendo investigari possiet.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 2, 8)
I go back to those who say: what if the heavens fall?
[Lat., Redeo ad illes qui aiunt: quid si coelum ruat?]
- Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 3) [Sky]
There is nothing so easy in itself but grows difficult when it is performed against one's will.
[Lat., Nulla est tam facilis res, quin difficilis siet,
Quum invitus facias.]
- Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 6, 1)
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