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    Cato the Elder Quotes

    Roman orator & politician

    Quotes by Cato the Elder

    • After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
    • Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.
    • From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.
    • Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
    • I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
    • Lighter is the wound foreseen.
    • Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
    • Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
    • We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
    • Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.
      from Plutarch, Lives
    • An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.
      from Seneca the Elder, Controversiae
    • Even though work stops, expenses run on.
      On Agriculture
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