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Proverbs
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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

It is not without a purpose when a rich man greets a poor one with kindness.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

It is sheer folly to take unwilling hounds to the chase.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Leave not a sword in the hand of an idiot.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Let not your expenditure exceed your income.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Little do you know what a gloriously uncertain thing law is.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Modesty should accompany youth.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Nothing is more acceptable to a man, than a friend in time of need.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

One eye-witness is better than ten hearsays.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Remind a man of what he remembers, and you will make him forget it.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

That least pleases us which is most urged on us.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

That which you know, know not; and that which you see, see not.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

That wife is an enemy to her husband who is given in marriage against her will.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

There are games in which it is better to lose than win.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To ask that which is unjust at the hands of the just, is an injustice in itself; to expect that which is just from the unjust, is simple folly.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

To make any gain some outlay is necessary.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Unexpected results are the rule rather than the exception.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Vulgarity of manners defiles fine garments more than mud.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

We can more easily endure that which shames than that which vexes us.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

We only appreciate the comforts of life in their loss.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

You have eaten a meal dangerously seasoned. [You have laid up a grief in store for yourself.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

You needn't remind me of that.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

You will not be a chip the richer.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

He carries a stone in one hand, and offers bread with the other.
  [Lat., Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (II, 2, 18)

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.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Bacchides
         (act IV, 7, 18)

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

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

Better do nothing than do ill.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

In time of sickness the soul collects itself anew.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Let that which is wanting in income be supplied by economy.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Man naturally yearns for novelty.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

No mortal man is wise at all times.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

The desire to know a thing is heightened by its gratification being deferred.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

War should neither be feared nor provoked.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

We listen with deep interest to what we hear, for to man novelty is ever charming.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

We live by reposing trust in each other.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

We neglect those things which are under our very eyes, and heedless of things within our grasp, pursue those which are afar off.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Shoemaker, stick to your last.
  [Lat., Ne supra crepidam judicaret.]
      - quoted by Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XXXV, 10, 36)

A healer of others, himself diseased.
      - Plutarch

He was a man
  Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven
    To serve the devil in.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. VIII, l. 616)

A fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind.
      - Alexander Pope

A fly, a grape-stone, or a hair can kill.
      - Alexander Pope

All seems infected that th' infected spy,
  As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
      - Alexander Pope

And gentle Dulness ever loves a joke.
      - Alexander Pope

But when to mischief mortals bend their will,
  How soon they find fit instruments of ill.
      - Alexander Pope

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
      - Alexander Pope

Fair tresses man's imperial race ensnare,
  And beauty draws us with a single hair.
      - Alexander Pope

Far from gay cities and the ways of men.
      - Alexander Pope

Friend, for your epitaph I'm grieved,
  Where still so much is said;
    One half will never be believed,
      The other never read.
      - Alexander Pope

Get money, money still!
  And then let virtue follow, if she will.
      - Alexander Pope


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