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

When you will, they wont, when you wont, they will.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

With his own weapon do I stab him.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Words pay no debts.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You are his father by nature, I by counsel.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You harp perpetually on the same string.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You kick against the goad.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You made this mess yourself, and now you must eat it all up.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You stick in the same mire.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

You tell a tale to a dead man.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Charity begins at home.
  [Lat., Proximus sum egomet mihi.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (act IV, sc. 1, 12), (free translation)

Fortune favors the brave.
  [Lat., Fortes fortuna adjuvat.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, 4, 20)

Do not waste bricks. (Waste your labor.)
  [Lat., Ne laterum laves.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, IV, 9), a Greek proverb

A word to the wise is sufficient.
  [Lat., Dictum sapienti sat est.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (III, 3, 8)

Suretyship is the precursor of ruin.
      - Thales of Miletus,
        his motto as inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Take Time by the forelock.
      - Thales of Miletus

It is success that colours all in life,
  Success makes fools admir'd, makes villains honest.
      - D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1)

Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears
  Her snaky crest.
      - James Thomson (1)

Looked unutterable things.
      - James Thomson (1)

Loveliness
  Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
    But is, when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most.
      - James Thomson (1)

The generous heart
  Should scorn a pleasure which gives others pain.
      - James Thomson (1)

Base envy withers at another's joy,
  And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring (l. 28)

A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate
  Of mighty monarchs.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 1,285)

If the husband once give way
  To his wife's capricious sway,
    For his breeches he next day
      May go to whoop and holloa.
      - Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton)

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill,
  To turn the current of a woman's will.
      - Sir Samuel Tuke, Adventures of Five Hours
         (act V, sc. 3, l. 483),
        (translated from Calderon)

At Christmas play, and make good cheer,
  For Christmas comes but once a year.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry
         (ch. XII)

Safe bind, safe find.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred points of Good Husbandry--Washing

The weakest goes to the wall.
      - David Tuvill, Essays Morall

The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be;
  The devil was well, the devil a monk was he.
    [Medioeval Latin, Aegrotat Daemon; monachus tunc esse volebat,
      Daemon convaluit; Daemon ante fuit.]
      - as translated by Urquhart and Motteux

Nature made the fields and man the cities.
      - Marcus Terentius Varro

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
  [Lat., Idem Accio quod Titio jus esto.]
      - Marcus Terentius Varro III, XVI, 13,
        quoting Gellius

A fault is fostered by concealment.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

A feeble dart short of its mark.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

A fickle and capricious woman.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

A woman the leader of the enterprise.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

All our sweetest hours fly fastest.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

All things deteriorate in time.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

And there stalks Discord delighted with her torn mantle.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Better times perhaps await us who are now wretched.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Can heavenly breasts such stormy passions feel?
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Cares deny all rest to weary limbs.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Confidence cannot find a place wherein to rest in safety.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Endure the present, and watch for better things.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Every man makes a god of his own desire.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Every sound alarms. [A guilty conscience.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Fortune favours the bold.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Fury itself supplies arms.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)


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