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"It is hard not to write satire."
Note : (Juvenal)
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"Now or never"
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"With a grain of salt." Take something not literally, but with due consideration.
Note : (Pliny the Elder)
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"A sound mind in a sound body"
Note : (Juvenal)
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"Nothing too much", moderation in all thing
Note : (Terence)
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"How well you live makes a difference, not how long."
Note : (Seneca)
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"He who speaks for the innocent is eloquent enough."
Note : (Publius Syrus)
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"What is truth?"
Note : Pontius Pilate to Jesus.
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"Those whom true love has held, it will go on holding."
Note : Seneca
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"The greater the degeneration of the republic, the more of its laws"
Note : (Tacitus)
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"Divide and govern."
Note : Attributed to Julius Caesar.
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"For altar and hearth"
Note : i.e. for our homes (Cicero)
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"I am closest to myself"
Note : (Terence)
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"We are dust and shadow"
Note : (Horace, Carmina, Book IV, 7, 16)
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"He who has much desires more."
Note : (Seneca)
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"Justice is more precious than all gold."
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"History is the tutor of life."
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"Weariness loves a wrangle", "It is the weary one who picks a quarrel".
Note : Seneca
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"From sea to sea," national motto of Canada.
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"From the old ox, the young one learns to plow."; "A good example makes a good job."
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"The king is from God, the law from the king".
Note : Attributed to James I of England
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"From a thing's possibility one cannot be certain of its reality."
Note : See also Ab esse ad posse.
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"One should only ask from a friend what he is capable of."
Note : Cicero
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"From a thing's reality one can be certain of its possibility, from its possibility one cannot be certain of its reality."
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"To take fire from fire or To fight fire with fire."
Note : Cicero
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"The resistance only makes him attack more ferociously."
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"From the egg to the apples."; "From the beginning to the end."
Note : (The Roman meal usually started with eggs and ended with fruit.)
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"From the founding of the city", 'city' meaning Rome
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"What one trains frequently, will become part of his character"
Note : Ovidius
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"You're finished, sweet figs"
Note : Petronius
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"He has been gone for long and must once return."
Note : Tertullianus
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"The absent will not be an heir.", "Out of sight, out of mind"
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"He who fights with a drunken person hurts an absentee."
Note : (I.e., the "sober" version of the drunken person)
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"Insults shouldn't be made when people are celebrating."
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"Let injury by words be absent."
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"Don't take this the wrong way."
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"May this not be an omen."
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"The truth shouldn't be silenced to spare someone."
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"Without money, all efforts are in vain."
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"He who gave it, took it."
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"Judge all by this one"
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"Abuse is no argument against proper use", legal phrase meaning that just because something can be abused there is no reason for putting an end to its legitimate use
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"Deep calleth unto deep"
Note : (Psalm 42:7)
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"A boar is often held by quite a small dog."
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"From head to heel"
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"Act now, the chance on profit is short." ; more commonly known as: "Strike while the iron is hot"
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"You acquire what you reap (or take by force)", often mistranslated as: "you reap what you sow"
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"He who preserves something, will have something"; more commonly known as: "Sparing is the first gaining"
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"So ends the story." or "The story has been completed."
Meaning - "What has happened was a story/fable."
Note : (Caesar Augustus's last words)
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"Deeds, not words" - motto of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, at Kings Point, New York, USA.
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