Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer NULL

Roman Playwright, Comic Poet and Dramatist

"Have you so much time to spare from your own affairs that you can attend to another man's with which you have no concern?"

"I am a human being; no part of humanity do I consider foreign to me."

"It becomes a wise man to try words before arms."

"It is better to bind your children to you by respect and gentleness than by fear."

"The present bad outweighs the past good."

"Old age brings this one vice to mankind, that we all think too much of money."

"There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance."

"This is what a father ought to be about: helping his son to form the habit of doing right on his own initiative, rather than because he's afraid of some serious consequence."

"Where there is life there's hope."

"We despise what we possess."

"You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly."

"A word to the wise is sufficient."

"A bad heart, bad designs."

"Abundance changes the value of things."

"All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected."

"According as the man is, so must you humor him."

"All men wear a disguised habit."

"An easy task becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance."

"All men have more consideration for themselves than for others."

"All these inconveniences are incidents to love: reproaches, jealousies, quarrels, reconcilements, war, and then peace."

"As each one wishes his children to be, so they are."

"And he makes a great mistake, in my opinion at least, who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection."

"As many men, so many minds; everyone his own way."

"As God loves me, I know not where I am."

"As the saying is, I have got a wolf by the ears."

"As many men, so many opinions."

"As you cannot do what you wish, you should wish what you can do."

"As we can, according to the old saying, when we cannot, as we would."

"Attired to please herself: no gems of any kind she wore, nor aught of borrowed gloss in Nature's stead; and, then her long, loose hair flung round her head fell carelessly behind."

"Do not they bring it to pass by knowing that they know nothing at all?"

"Do not waste bricks. (Waste your labor.)"

"Asia has got everything going against it at the moment, ... We're moving into another downturn -- the eye of the storm. Asia's problems are going to last two to three years."

"By great efforts obtain great trifles."

"By too much knowledge they bring it about that they know nothing."

"But at the current stage, I do not have the impression that there are strong political figures among the cabinet members who can impact upon events."

"Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion."

"Deception follows on the heels of deception."

"Charity begins at home."

"Do not do what is already done."

"Draw from others the lesson that may profit yourself."

"Excess in nothing,--this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life."

"Extreme law is often extreme injustice"

"Fare ye well, and give us your applause."

"For it shows want of knowledge to kick against the goad."

"Extreme justice is often extreme malice."

"Do you fear to trust the word of a man, whose honesty you have seen in business?"

"Each one wishes for his own advantage, rather than that of others."

"Flattery brings friends, but the truth begets enmity."

"For he who has acquired the habit of lying or deceiving his father, will do the same with less remorse to others. I believe that it is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect, and by gentleness, than by fear."

"For you to ask advice on the rules of love is no better than to ask advice on the rules of madness."