Wednesday, August 30, 2023


Too Late

Plautus, Mostellaria 379-380 (tr. Paul Nixon):
Oh, it's an awful business—waiting till thirst has you by the throat before you dig your well!

                                                  miserum est opus
igitur demum fodere puteum, ubi sitis faucis tenet.
See Robert H. Brophy, "'Digging a Well after You Are Thirsty': A Plautine and Chinese Proverb," Classical World 72.7 (April-May, 1979) 421-422.

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