Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus

Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus
c. 254 B.C.
184 B.C.

Roman Comic Playwright

Author Quotes

That wife is an enemy to her husband who is given in marriage against her will.

There can be no profit, if the outlay exceeds it.

Valor?s the best reward ; ?tis valor that surpasses all things else : our liberty, our safety, life, estate, our parents, children, country, are by this preserved, protected : valor everything comprises in itself ; and every good awaits the man who is possess?d of valor.

You are seeking a knot in a bulrush.

The Bell never rings of itself; unless some one handles or moves it it is dumb.

There is indeed a God that hears and sees whate'er we do.

We are pouring our words into a sieve, and lose our labor.

You cannot eat your cake and have it too, unless you think your money is immortal. The fool too late, his substance eaten up, reckons the cost.

The best assistance in distress is fortitude of soul.

There's no such thing, you know, as picking out the best woman: it's only a question of comparative badness, brother.

We can more easily endure that which shames than that which vexes us.

You little know what a ticklish thing it is to go to law.

The body of a dead enemy always smells sweet.

These things are not for the best, nor as I think they ought to be; but still they are better than that which is downright bad.

We should try to succeed by merit, not by favor. He who does well will always have patrons enough.

You love a nothing when you love an ingrate.

The chap that endures hard knocks like a man enjoys a soft time later on.

They call me mad, while they are all mad themselves.

What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.

You miss the point? The lady that spares her lover spares herself too little.

The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money.

Things we do not expect, happen more frequently than we wish.

What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.

You should not speak ill of an absent friend.

The gods confound the man who first found out How to distinguish hours! Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sun-dial, To cut and hack my days so wretchedly Into small portions

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First Name
Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus
Birth Date
c. 254 B.C.
Death Date
184 B.C.

Roman Comic Playwright