Qui timide rogat docet negare.
(Seneca, Phaedra 593-4)

The one who asks timidly teaches the one he asks to say "no".

pron = kwee TIH-mih-day ROH-gaht DOH-ket nay-GAH-ray.

Comment: I find this proverb worth self-application. Do I ask my
questions of myself boldly or timidly? The way of inquiry of myself,
reflection within myself, determines the direction I will go. If I
inquire of myself timidly, I will find a wall, a "no" in front of me.
What if I inquire of myself boldly?

Bob Patrick
(Used with permission)
Latin Proverb of the Day Archive