Contumeliam si dices, audies.
(Plautus, Pseudolus 1173)

Pron = kohn-too-MAY-lee-ahm see DEE-kays OW-dee-ays.

If you say insulting things, that's exactly what you will hear.

Comment: This is a perfect example of what "new age" thinkers have called "the law of attraction". Set aside for a moment that you may easily dismiss "new age" thinkers. While they may deserve some of the derision they receive, they also have identified some key issues that clearly describe human experience.

The Law of Attraction is one of them. In short: you get what you serve up. In ancient times, this was called Karma in the East. Jesus said that what you cast upon the water will come back to you multiple times. Even the golden rule is an expression of this law of
attraction: do to others what you want done to you. Put in another
way: what you do to others will be done to you.

Try this: walk down the hallway of the place you work, and purposely smile at every person you encounter, and just notice the response.

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