It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.



Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.

The process, indeed, of nature is this: that just in the same manner as our birth was the beginning of things with us, so death will be the end; and as we were noways concerned with anything before we were born, so neither shall we be after we are dead.

They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent.

It is a great thing to know our vices.

O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.

It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post.

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.

I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all, but glory.

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

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.