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Plautus
(full name: Titus Maccius Plautus)
Roman comic dramatist
(x. 250 - 184 BC)



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Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom qualis sit non movit.
A man is a wolf, and not a man, to another man,
for as long as he doesn't know what he is like.
-- Asinaria, line 495

Quam di diligunt
Adulescens moritur.

He whom the gods love dies young.
-- Bacchides, line 816

There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to make a loss than to make a gain.
-- Captivi, act 2, scene 2

Miles gloriosus
The boastful soldier.
-- Title of play

Simul flare sorbereque haud factus facilest.
To blow and whistle at the same time is not an easy thing to do.
-- Mostellaria, line 791

Dictum sapienti sat est.
A sentence is enough for a sensible man.
-- Persa, line 729
Note: The above quote is repeated in the form of this proverb:
Verbum sapienti sat est.
A word is enough for the wise.

LABRAX: Immo edepol una littera plus sum quam medicus.
GRIPUS: Tum tu / Medicus es?
LABRAX: Tetigisti acu.
LABRAX: One letter more than a medical man,
that's what I am.
GRIPUS: Then you're a mendicant?
LABRAX: You've hit the nail on the head (literally: You have touched it with a needle).
-- Rudens, line 1305


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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