Tacitast melior mulier semper quam loquens. [A woman is always worth more seen than heard.]
~ in Rudens -1114
Quem di diligunt adulescens moritur, dum valet sentit sapit. [He whom the gods love dies young, while he has strength and senses and wits.
~ in Bacchides, -816
Qui utuntur vino vetere sapientis puto et qui libenter veteres spectant fabulas. [Those be wise men, in my opinion, who take old wine and those who love to see old plays.]
~ in Casina, Prologus, 5
Qui e nuce nuculeum esse volt, frangit nucem; qui volt cubare, pandit saltum saviis. [The man that wants to eat the kernel, cracks the nut; the man that wants to get the girl clears the ways with kisses.]
~ in Curculio, -55
Novo modo tu homo amas, siquidem te quicquam quod faxis pudet; nihil amas, umbra es amantis magis quam amator. [A new kind of lover are you, if you’re actually ashamed of anything you do! You are not in love, you’re no lover, you’re only the shadow of a lover.]
~ in Miles gloriosus, -624
Qui amans egens ingressus est princeps in Amoris vias, superavit aerumnis suis aerumnas Herculi. [The lover that first set out on the highways of love with an empty purse went in for harder labors than Hercules.]
~ in Persa, -1
Miserum istuc verbum et pessimum est, habuisse, et nihil habere. [That’s a dismal word, the very worst of worst, “had”, when what you have is nothing.]
~ in Rudens, -1321
A mouse never entrusts his life to only one hole.
A word to the wise is enough.
Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth.
Courage easily finds its own eloquence.
Courage in danger is half the battle.
Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers.
I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
It is well for one to know more than he says.
Keep what you have; the known evil is best.
No guest is so welcome in a friend’s house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.
No man is wise enough by himself.
Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.
Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.
The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture.
Where there are friends there is wealth.
Titus Maccius Plautus
You must spend money to make money.
Titus Maccius Plautus