34 Famous Quotes by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)
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Your tittle-tattlers, and those who listen to slander, by my good
will should all be hanged--the former by their tongues, the
latter by the ears.
[Lat., Homines qui gestant, quique auscultant crimina,
Si meo arbitratu liceat, omnes pendeant,
Gestores linguis, auditores auribus.]
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Pseudolus (I, 5, 12)
No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not become an
annoyance when he has stayed three continuous days in a friend's
[Lat., Hospes nullus tam in amici hospitium diverti potest,
Quin ubi triduum continuum fuerit jam odiosus siet.]
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Miles Gloriosus (III, 3, 12)
If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by
it, you have reason to rejoice.
[Lat., Tu si animum vicisti potius quam animus te est quod
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Trinummus (II, 9)
We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does
well will always have patrons enough.
[Lat., Virtute ambire oportet, non favitoribus.
Sat habet favitorum semper, qui recte facit.]
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Amphitruo--Prologue (LXXVIII)
What you lend is lost; when you ask for it back, you may find a
friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press him
further, you have the choice of two things--either to lose your
loan or lose your friend.
[Lat., Si quis mutuum quid dederit, sit pro proprio perditum;
Cum repetas, inimicum amicum beneficio invenis tuo.
Si mage exigere cupias, duarum rerum exoritur optio;
Vel illud, quod credideris perdas, vel illum amicum, amiseris.]
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Trinummus (IV, 3, 43)
It is wretched business to be digging a well just as thirst is
[Lat., Miserum est opus,
Igitur demum fodere puteum, ubi sitis fauces tedet.]
Quotes, by Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) , Source: Mostellaria (II, 1, 32)