What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might.



Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.

Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.

It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.

My dear Scipio and Laelius. Men, of course, who have no resources in themselves for securing a good and happy life find every age burdensome. But those who look for all happiness from within can never think anything bad which Nature makes inevitable.

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.

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.

Here is a man whose life and actions the world has already condemned - yet whose enormous fortune...has already brought him acquittal!

A letter does not blush.

I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.

For he (Cato) gives his opinion as if he were in Plato's Republic, not in Romulus' cesspool.

Friendship is infinitely better than kindness.

Quid? Quod eadem mente res dissimillimas comprehendimus, ut colorem saporem, calorem, odorem, sonum? Quae numquam quinque nuntiis animus cognosceret, nisi ad eum omnia referrentur et is omnium iudex solus esset.

If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need.

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.