Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Latin Proverbs


"Believe that you have it, and you have it."

"No one deserves punishment for his thought."

"The instigator of a crime is worse than the perpetrator."

"A fellow who gets more than he deserves wants more than he gets."

"A fellow who won't do a favor has no right to ask for one."

"A fire can't throw a great light without burning something."

"Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one."

"Be careful about starting something you may regret."

"A man needs a good mirror to scrutinize his heart as well as his face."

"Always depend on people to think the worst."

"A liar better have a good memory."

"Anger is the one thing made better by delay."

"Anything we haven't seen before is marvelous."

"Better late than never."

"Don't whistle and drink at the same time."

"Easy tears show treachery, not grief."

"Evil natures never lack teachers."

"Fear, not kindness, restrains the wicked."

"Glory is the shadow of virtue."

"Good sense, not age, brings wisdom."

"Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant."

"Going to Hell is easy; it's coming back that's hard!"

"Fortune is glass; just when it gleams brightest it shatters."

"God rewards virtue; he shouldn't have to furnish it."

"Honesty is praised while it starves."

"He who is everywhere is nowhere."

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

"It is better to profit by a horrible example than to be one."

"It is better to trust in courage than luck."

"It is stupid to complain about misfortune that is your own fault."

"It is dangerous to guard something everybody wants."

"It's too late to ask advice when danger comes."

"It's easier to do a wrong than to endure one."

"Laugh at life; don't cry over it."

"It is very important if a man is wise or only looks it."

"Money should be mastered, not served."

"Make me chaste and pure, but not yet."

"Lust wants whatever it can have."

"Life is short, but troubles make it longer."

"No luck is so good that you can't find some complaint."

"Nothing dries sooner than tears."

"No man loses honor who had any in the first place."

"Nothing is so well fortified that money cannot capture it."

"Nobody underestimates his own troubles."

"Nothing moves faster than gossip."

"Since you can't copy our pleasures, you begrudge them."

"The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet."

"Speech is given to many; intelligence to few."

"Tears for somebody else's troubles dry quickly."

"The man who inspects the saddle blanket instead of the horse is stupid; most stupid is the man who judges another man by his clothes or his circumstances."