Plautus

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Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC - 184 BC, born at Sassina, Umbria) was a comic playwright in the time of the Roman Republic. The years of his life are uncertain, but his plays were first produced between about 205 BC and 184 BC.

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  • Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope.
    • Mostellaria, Act I, scene iii, line 40
  • Nothing is more wretched than a guilty conscience.
    • Mostellaria, Act V, scene i, line 14.
  • Drink, live like the Greeks, eat, gorge.
    • From the Latin "Bibite, pergraecamini, ese, ecfercite vos."
    • Mostellaria, 1. 64
  • Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need.
    • Epidicus, Act III, sc. iii, l. 44.
  • What is yours is mine, and all mine is yours.
    • Trinummus, Act II, sc. ii, l. 48
  • Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
    • Trinummus, Act II, sc. ii, l. 88
  • There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain.
    • Captivi, Act II, sc. ii, l, 77
  • Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.
    • Rudens, Act II, sc. v, l. 71
  • Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.
    • Truculentus, Act IV, sc. iv, l. 15
  • No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.
    • Miles Gloriosus, Act III, sc. i
  • Practice yourself what you preach.
    • Asinaria, Act III, sc. iii, l. 644
  • Man is no man, but a wolf, to a stranger.
    • Asinaria, Act II, sc. iv, l. 495
  • He whom the gods love dies young.
    • From the Latin "Quem di diligunt adulescens moritur."
    • Bacchides 816-17. Derived from Menander's The Double Deceiver; but only the Plautine version was known until the rediscovery of Menander in the 20th century.

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