Nor has he spent his life badly who has passed it in privacy.



Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear.

Just as apples when unripe are torn from trees, but when ripe and mellow drop down, so it is violence that takes life from young men, ripeness from old. This ripeness is so delightful to me that, as I approach nearer to death, I seem, as it were, to be sighting land, and to be coming to port at last after a long voyage.

The peoples good is the highest law.

Friendship was given by nature to be an assistant to virtue, not a companion to vice.

Dogs wait for us faithfully.

The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret -- that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.

A life of peace purity and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.

For as I like a man in whom there is something of the old, so I like a man in whom there is something of the young; and he who follows this maxim, in body will possibly be an old man but he will never be an old man in mind.

Is not prosperity robbed of half its value if you have no one to share your joy?

Honor is the reward of virtue.

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.