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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Plautus. (c. 254–184 B.C.) (continued)
    You are seeking a knot in a bulrush. 1
          Menæchmi. Act ii. Sc. 1, 22. (247.)
    In the one hand he is carrying a stone, while he shows the bread in the other. 2
          Aulularia. Act ii. Sc. 2, 18. (195.)
    I had a regular battle with the dunghill-cock.
          Aulularia. Act iii. Sc. 4, 13. (472.)
    It was not for nothing that the raven was just now croaking on my left hand. 3
          Aulularia. Act iv. Sc. 3, 1. (624.)
    There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain.
          Captivi. Act ii. Sc. 2, 77. (327.)
    Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. 4
          Rudens. Act ii. Sc. 5, 71.
    If you are wise, be wise; keep what goods the gods provide you.
          Rudens. Act iv. Sc. 7, 3. (1229.)
    Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only. 5
          Truculentus. Act iv. Sc. 4, 15. (868.)
    Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need. 6
          Epidicus. Act iii. Sc. 3, 44. (425.)
    Things which you do not hope happen more frequently than things which you do hope. 7
          Mostellaria. Act i. Sc. 3, 40. (197.)
    To blow and swallow at the same moment is not easy.
          Mostellaria. Act iii. Sc. 2, 104. (791.)
    Each man reaps on his own farm.
          Mostellaria. Act iii. Sc. 2, 112. (799.)
Note 1.
A proverbial expression implying a desire to create doubts and difficulties where there really were none. It occurs in Terence, the “Andria,” act v. sc. 4, 38; also in Ennius, “Saturæ,” 46. [back]
Note 2.
What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?—Matthew vii. 9. [back]
Note 3.
See Gay, Quotation 21. [back]
Note 4.
Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 170. [back]
Note 5.
See Chaucer, Quotation 30. [back]
Note 6.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.—Hazlitt: English Proverbs. [back]
Note 7.
The unexpected always happens.—A common proverb. [back]