Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus

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

Roman Comic Playwright

Author Quotes

Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising.

The gods play games with men as balls.

Thou my star at the stars are gazing Would I were heaven that I might behold thee with many eyes.

When a man reaches the last stage of life, ? without senses or mentality ? they say that he has grown a child again.

Remind a man of what he remembers, and you will make him forget it.

The man that comforts a desponding friend with words alone, does nothing. He?s a friend indeed who proves himself a friend in need.

Tis sweeter far wisdom to gain from other?s woes, than others should learn from ours.

When you ask for it back again, you find a friend made an enemy by your own kindness. If yon begin to press still further ? either you must part with that which you have entrusted, or else you must lose that friend.

Speak no evil of an absent friend.

The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors.

To a well deserving person God will show favor. To an ill deserving person He will simply be just.

Whene?er a man is quartered at a friend?s, if he but stay three days, his company they will grow weary of.

Tattletales, and those who listen to their slander, by my good will, should all be hanged. The former by their tongues, the latter by their ears.

The men who convey and those who listen to calumnies should, if I could have my way, all hang, the talebearers by their tongues, the listeners by their ears.

To an honest man, it is an honor to have remembered his duty.

Who wishes to give himself an abundance of business let him equip these two things, a ship and a woman. For no two things involve more business, if you have begun to fit them out. Nor are these two things ever sufficiently adorned, nor is any excess of adornment enough for them.

That expression, "He means well," is useless unless he does well.

The mind is hopeful: success is in God?s hands.

To ask that which is unjust at the hands of the just, is an injustice in itself; to expect that which is just from the unjust, is simple folly.

Woe to the vanquished!

That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.

The stronger always succeeds.

To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.

Woman is certainly the daughter of Delay personified!

That man will never be unwelcome to others who makes himself agreeable to his own family.

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

Roman Comic Playwright