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You are seeking a knot in a bulrush.
Menechmi. Act ii. Sc. 1, 22. (247.) In the one hand he is carrying a stone, while he shows the bread in the other.2 Aulularia. Act ii. Sc. 2, 18. (195.) I had a regular battle with the dunghill-cock.
Act iii. Sc. 4, 13. (472.) It was not for nothing that the raven was just now croaking on my left hand.3
Act iv. Sc. 3, 1. (624.) There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain.
Captiri. Act ii. Sc. 2, 77. (327.) Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.*
Rudens. Act ii. Sc. 5, 71. If you are wise, be wise; keep what goods the gods provide you.
Act iv. Sc. 7, 3. (1229.) Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.5
Truculentus. Act iv. Sc. 4, 15. (868.) Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need.6
Epidicus. Act iii. Sc. 3, 44. (425.) Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope.
Mostellaria. Act i. Sc. 3, 40. (197.) To blow and swallow at the same moment is not easy.
Act iii. Sc.2, 104. (791.) Each man reaps on his own farm.
1 A proverbial expression implying a desire to create doubts and difficulties where there really were none. It occurs in Terence, the "Andria,” act V. sc. 4, 38 ; also in Ennius, “Saturæ," 46.
2 What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone ? - Matthew vii. 9.
3 See Gay, page 349. 4 Patience is a remedy for every sorrow. – PUBLIUS SYRUS: Maxim 170. 6 See Chaucer, page 4. 6 A friend in need is a friend indeed. – Hazlitt: English Proverbs. 7 The unexpected always happens. — A common proverb.
TERENCE. 185–159 B. C.
(From the translation of Henry Thomas Riley, B. A., with occasional
corrections. The references are to the text of Umpfenbach.") Do not they bring it to pass by knowing that they know nothing at all ?
Andria. The Prologue. 17. Of surpassing beauty and in the bloom of youth.
Act i. Sc. 1, 45. (72.) Hence these tears.
99. (126.) That is a true proverb which is wont to be commonly quoted, that “all had rather it were well for themselves than for another."
Act ii. Sc. 5, 15. (426.) The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love.
Act iii. Sc. 3, 23. (555.) Look you, I am the most concerned in my own interests.
Act iv. Sc. 1, 12. (636.) In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.
Eunuchus. The Prologue. 41.
It is up with you ; all is over; you are ruined.
Act i. Sc. 1, 9. (54.) If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.
Sc. 2, 96. (176) Immortal gods! how much does one man excel another! What a difference there is between a wise person and a fool!
Act ii. Sc.2. 1. (232.) I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
Ibid. 12. (243 )
1 Bohn's Classical Library. 2 See Edwards, page 21.
8 Equivalent to our sayings, “Charity begins at home;" "Take care of Number One."
4 See Wotton, page 174.
There are vicissitudes in all things.
Eunuchus. Act ii. Sc. 2, 45. (276.) The very flower of youth.
Sc. 3, 28. (319.) I did not care one straw.
Act iii. Sc. 1, 21. (411.) Jupiter, now assuredly is the time when I could readily consent to be slain," lest life should sully this ecstasy with some disaster.
Sc. 5, 2. (550.) This and a great deal more like it I have had to put
Act iv. Sc. 6, 8. (746.) Take care and say this with presence of mind.?
Sc. 6, 31. (769.) It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.
Sc. 7, 19. (789.) I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination.
42. (812.) I took to my heels as fast as I could. Act v. Sc. 2, 5. (844.)
Many a time, ... from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up.
34. (873.) I only wish I may see your head stroked down with a slipper.3
Sc. 7, 4. (1028.) I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.*
Heautontimoroumenos. Act i. Sc. 1, 25. (77.) This is a wise maxim, "to take warning from others of what may be to your own advantage." Sc. 2, 36. (210.)
1 If it were now to die, 'T were now to be most happy.
SHAKESPEARE: Othello, act ii. sc. 1. ? Literally, “with a present mind," — equivalent to Cæsar's præsentia animi (De Bello Gallico, v. 43, 4).
3 According to Lucian, there was a story that Omphale used to beat Hercules with her slipper or sandal.
4 Cicero quotes this passage in De Officiis, i. 30.
That saying which I hear commonly repeated, -that time assuages sorrow.
Heautontimoroumenos. Act iii. Sc. 1, 12. (421.) Really, you have seen the old age of an eagle,' as the saying is.
Sc. 2, 9. (520.) Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it. Act iv. Sc. 1, 53. (666.)
Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking
Sc. 2, 8. (675.) What now if the sky were to fall ? ? Sc. 3, 41. (719.) Rigorous law is often rigorous injustice. Sc.5, 48. (796.)
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.
Sc. 6, 1. (805.) How many things, both just and unjust, are sanctioned by custom!
Sc. 7, 11. (839.) Fortune helps the brave. * Phormio. Act i. Sc. 4, 25. (203.)
It is the duty of all persons, when affairs are the most prosperous, then in especial to reflect within themselves in what way they are to endure adversity.
Act ii. Sc. 1, 11. (241.) As many men, so many minds; every one his own way.
Sc. 4, 14. (454.)
1 This was a proverbial expression, signifying a hale and vigorous old age. 2 See Heywood, page 11.
Some ambassadors from the Celtæ, being asked by Alexander what in the world they dreaded most, answered, that they feared lest the sky should fall upon them. — ARRIANUS: lib. i. 4.
3 Extreme law, extreme injustice, is now become a stale proverb in discourse. - Cicero: De Officüis, i. 33.
Une extrême justice est souvent une injure (Extreme justice is often injustice. — RACINE: Frères Ennemies, act ir. sc. 3.
Mais l'extrême justice est une extrême injure. – VOLTAIRE : Edipus, act iii. sc. 3.
4 Pliny the Younger says (book vi. letter xvi.) that Pliny the Elder said this during the eruption of Vesúvius : “Fortune favours the brave.”
5 CICERO : Tusculan Questions, book ii. 30.
As the saying is, I have got a wolf by the ears.
Phormio. Act iii. Sc. 2, 21. (506.) I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.
Adelphoe. Act ii. Sc. 3, 61. (415.) According as the man is, so must you humour him.
77. (431.) It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.?
Act v. Sc. 3, 18. (803.) What comes from this quarter, set it down as so much gain.
30. (816.) It is the common vice of all, in old age, to be too intent upon our interests. 8
Sc. 8, 30. (953.)
CICERO. 106-43 B. C.
For as lack of adornment is said to become some women, so this subtle oration, though without embellishment, gives delight."
De Oratore. Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.5
De Dirinatione. i. 118. He is never less at leisure than when at leisure.
De Officiis. ii. 1. While the sick man has life there is hope.?
Epistolarum ad Atticum. ix. 10, 4.
1 A proverbial expression, which, according to Suetonius, was frequently in the mouth of Tiberius Cæsar.
2 All things are in common among friends. Diogenes LAERTIUS : Diogenes, vi.
8 Cicero quotes this passage (Tusculan Questions, book iii.), and the maxim was a favourite one with the Stoic philosophers. 4 See Thomson, page 356.
5 See Coleridge, page 504. 6 See Rogers, page 455.
7 See Gay, page 319.