Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.— Cato The Elder
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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.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
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.
There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life.
It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.
Anger so clouds the mind that it cannot perceive the truth.
Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.
He who fears death has already lost the life he covets.
Suffer women once to arrive at an equality with you, and they will from that moment become your superiors.
The public has more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.
Lighter is the wound foreseen.
Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few.
Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.
Even though work stops, expenses run on.
He is nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent.
Moreover, I consider that Carthage should be destroyed.
I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.
When you have decided to purchase a farm, be careful not to buy rashly;
do not spare your visits and be not content with a single tour of inspection. The more you go, the more will the place please you, if it be worth your attention. Give heed to the appearance of the neighbourhood, - a flourishing country should show its prosperity. "When you go in, look about, so that, when needs be, you can find your way out.
The worst ruler is one who cannot rule himself.
Furthermore, I think Carthage must be destroyed.
I prefer to do right and get no thanks than to do wrong and receive no punishment.
Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; what you do not want is dear at a farthing.
Woman is a violent and uncontrolled animal, and it is useless to let go the reins and then expect her not to kick over the traces. You must keep her on a tight rein . . . Women want total freedom or rather - to call things by their names - total licence. If you allow them to achieve complete equality with men, do you think they will be easier to live with? Not at all. Once they have achieved equality, they will be your masters . . .
Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
Be firm or mild as the occasion may require.
All mankind rules its women, and we rule all mankind, but our women rule us.
Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.
From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.
I can pardon everybody's mistakes except my own.
The hero saves us. Praise the hero! Now, who will save us from the hero?