Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.
You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!
If your slave commits a fault, do not smash his teeth with your fists; give him some of the (hard) biscuit which famous Rhodes has sent you.
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
Believing hear, what you deserve to hear:
Your birthday as my own to me is dear...
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.
You praise, in three hundred verses, Sabellus, the baths of Ponticus, who gives such excellent dinners. You wish to dine, Sabellus, not to bathe.
Who gives to friends so much from Fate secures,
That is the only wealth for ever yours.
[Lat., Extra fortunam est, quidquid donatur amicis;
Quas dederis, selas semper habebis opes.]
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
[Lat., Nolo virum facili redimit qui sanquine famam;
Hunc volo laudari qui sine morte potest.]
Fortune gives many too much, but none enough.
You ask what a nice girl will do? She won't give an inch, but she won't say no.
He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.
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