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21 Famous Quotes by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Do not waste bricks. (Waste your labor.) [Lat., Ne laterum laves.]

Work Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (I, IV, 9), a Greek proverb

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The nets not stretched to catch the hawk, Or kite, who do us wrong; but laid for those Who do us none at all. [Lat., Non rete accipitri tenditur, neque miluo, Qui male faciunt nobis: illis qui nihil faciunt tenditur.]

Hawks Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (act II, sc. 2, l. 16), (Colman's translation)

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We should look at the lives of all as at a mirror, and take from others an example for ourselves. [Lat., Inspicere tamquam in speculum in vitas omnium Jubeo atque ex aliis sumere exemplum sibi.]

Example Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Adelphi (III, 3, 62)

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Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

Work Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (I, IV, 9), a Greek proverb

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Attired to please herself: no gems of any kind She wore, nor aught of borrowed gloss in Nature's stead; And, then her long, loose hair flung round her head Fell carelessly behind.

Apparel Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Self-Tormentor (act II, sc. 2)

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From others' slips some profit from one's self to gain. [Lat., Hoc scitum'st periculum ex aliis facere, tibi quid ex usu sit.]

Gain Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Heauton timoroumenos (I, 2)

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You are harping on the same string. [Lat., Cantilenam candem canis.]

Consistency Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (III, 2, 10)

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Fare ye well, and give us your applause. [Lat., Vos valete et plaudite.]

Applause Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: last words of several comedies

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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.]

Wishes Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Andria (II, 1, 6)

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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.]

Favors Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Andria (II, 1, 32)

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I perceive that the things that we do are silly; but what can one do? According to men's habits and dispositions, so one must yield to them. [Lat., Inepta haec esse, nos quae facimus sentio; Verum quid facias? ut homo est, ita morem geras.]

Habit Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Adephi (III, 3, 76)

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How many unjust and wicked things are done from mere habit. [Lat., Quam multa injusta ac prava fiunt moribus!]

Habit Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 7, 11)

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Knavery's now its own reward. [Lat., His nunc praemium est qui recta prava faciunt.]

Knavery Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (V, I, 6)

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Give place to your betters. [Lat., De locum melioribus.]

Modesty Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (III, 2, 37)

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Give place to your betters. [Lat., De locum melioribus.]

Humility Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (III, 2, 37)

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There is nothing which cannot be perverted by being told badly.

Rumor Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Phormio (act IV)

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All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected. [Lat., Omnes quibus res sunt minus secundae magis sunt, nescio quomodo, Suspiciosi; ad contumeliam omnia accipiunt magis; Propter suam impotentiam se credunt negligi.]

Suspicion Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Adelphi (IV, 3, 14)

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To be suspicious is not a fault. To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect.

Suspicion Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Adelphi (IV, 3, 14)

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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.]

Uncertainty Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Andria (I, 5, 32)

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Charity begins at home. [Lat., Proximus sum egomet mihi.]

Charity Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Andria (act IV, sc. 1, 12), (Free translation)

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I go back to those who say: what if the heavens fall? [Lat., Redeo ad illes qui aiunt: quid si coelum ruat?]

Sky Quotes, by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) , Source: Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 3)

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