Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Ovid (43 B.C.A.D. 18)
A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
OVID.Henry T. Riley, A Dictionary of Latin and Greek Quotations, Proverbs, Maxims and Mottos, p. 138 (1876).
This is a translation of Ovids gratis paenitet esse probum from his Ex Ponto, book 2, chapter 3. The translation in Bartletts Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 114 (1980) reads: It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.