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Cato the Elder Quotes





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After I am dead, I would rather have men ask why Cato has no monument than why he had one.
 

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
 

An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.
 

Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.
[Anger]
 

Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; what you do not want is dear at a farthing.
 

Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
[Retirement]
 

Even though work stops, expenses run on.
 

From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.
[Words]
 

Good-breeding is the art of showing men, by external signs, the internal regard we have for them. It arises from good sense, improved by conversing with good company.
 

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
 

I can pardon everybody's mistakes except my own.
[Forgiveness]
 

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
[Silence]
 

It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
 

It is remarkable that men, when they differ in what they think considerable, are apt to differ in almost everything else. Their difference begets contradiction; contradiction begets heat; heat rises into resentment, rage, and ill-will. - Thus they differ in affection, as they differ in judgment, and the contention which began in pride, ends in anger.
 

Lighter is the wound foreseen.
 

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.
[Age]
 

Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
 

Some have said that it is not the business of private men to meddle with government, - a bold and dishonest saying, which is fit to come from no mouth but that of a tyrant or a slave. To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say that private men have nothing to do with their own happiness or misery; that people ought not to concern themselves whether they be naked or clothed, fed or starved, deceived or instructed, protected or destroyed.
[Politics]
 

The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
 

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
[Punishment]
 


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