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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:862
AUTHOR:Ovid (43 B.C.A.D. 18)
QUOTATION:A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
ATTRIBUTION:OVID.—Henry T. Riley, A Dictionary of Latin and Greek Quotations, Proverbs, Maxims and Mottos, p. 138 (1876).

  This is a translation of Ovid’s “gratis paenitet esse probum” from his Ex Ponto, book 2, chapter 3. The translation in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 114 (1980) reads: “It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.”
SUBJECTS:Honesty
 
 
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