Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer

Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer
c. 195 B.C.
159 B.C.

Roman Playwright, Comic Poet and Dramatist

Author Quotes

Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it.

Of all mankind, each loves himself the best.

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one's mind when occasion demands it.

There is such malice in men as to rejoice in misfortunes And from another's woes to draw delight.

Too much liberty corrupts us all.

When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.

You harp perpetually on the same string.

Moderation in all things. (Not anything in excess)

Of my friends I am the only one I have left.

That saying which I hear commonly repeated, -- that time assuages sorrow.

They are so knowing that they know nothing.

Too much of anything is bad.

When two persons do the self-same thing, it oftentimes falls out that in the one it is criminal, in the other it is not so; not that the thing itself is different, but he who does it.

You kick against the goad.

My advice is to consult the lives of other men as we would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for our own imitation.

Of surpassing beauty and in the bloom of youth.

The highest law is often the greatest wrong.

They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than their head, and think to play the fool with reason.

True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come.

When we cannot act as we wish, we must act as we can.

You made this mess yourself, and now you must eat it all up.

My closest relation is myself.

One evil rises out of another.

The market is still looking forward to discounting a neutral stance by the Fed,

This and a great deal more like it I have had to put up with.

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First Name
Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer
Birth Date
c. 195 B.C.
Death Date
159 B.C.

Roman Playwright, Comic Poet and Dramatist