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Quotes of Terence

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Terence (Publius Terentius Afer lived in the years 190–159 BCE. It was a Roman comedy writer.

  • “I am human, I consider nothing human alien to me”
    • latin: [Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto]
    • source: Terence, Heauton timorumenos I, I, 25
  • “If two do the same thing, it is not the same”
    • latin: [Si duo faciunt idem, non est idem]
    • source: Terence, The Brothers V, 3, 37
  • “As many men, so as many opinions”
    • latin: [Quot homines tot sententiae: suo’ quoique mos]
    • source: Terence, Phormio 454
  • “I’m Davus, not Oedipus”
    • latin: [Davus sum, non Oedipus]
    • description: words of slave, once he was asked to solve the problem.
    • source: Terence, Andria 1.2
  • “Lovers’ quarrels are the renewal of love”
    • latin: [Amantium irae amoris integratio est]
    • source: Terence, Andria 555
  • “He who is first in time is first in right”
    • latin: [Potior est, qui prior est]
    • source: Terence, Phormio II, 3
  • “Do not do what is done”
    • latin: [Actum ne agas]
    • source: Terence, Phormio II, III, 72
  • “Said and done”
    • latin: [Dictum, factum]
    • source: Terence, Andria 2, 3, 7
  • “(the) strong (ones), Fortune helps”
    • latin: [Fortis fortuna adiuvat]
    • source: Terence, Phormio, I, 4
  • “Strictest law means greatest hardship”
    • latin: [Ius summum saepe summast malitia]
    • source: Terence, Heauton Timorumenos, 796
  • “These days flattery wins friends, truth begets hatred”
    • latin: [Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit]
    • source: Terence, Andria 68
  • “The wolf in the story”
    • latin: [Lupus in fabula!]
    • source: Terence, Adelphoe
  • “Alas! three whole days to wait!”
    • latin: [Heu! universum triduum!]
    • source: Terence, Eunuchus II, I, 17
  • “Lovers are lunatics”
    • latin: [Amantes amentes]
    • source: Terence, Andria
  • “Of my friends I am the only one left”
  • “I know the nature of women; when you will they won’t, when you won’t they long for it”
    • latin: [Novi ingenium mulierum: nolunt ubi velis, ubi nolis cupiunt ultro]
    • source: Terence, Eunuchus IV
  • “It is with human life as with a game of dice: if the throw you with for happens not to come up, that which does come up by chance, you must correct by art”
    • latin: [Ita uitast hominum, quasi quom ludas tesseris:si illud quod maxume opus est iactu non cadit, illud quod cecidit forte, id arte ut corrigas.]
    • source: Terence, Brothers IV

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