Quotes by Roman authors


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"No man was ever wise by chance"
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"We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired to glory"
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"I am a man, I consider nothing that is human alien to me"
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"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly"
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"They can because they think they can"
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"As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind"
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"Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end"
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"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one"
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"Even though work stops, expenses run on"
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"Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system"
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"Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses"
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"An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes"
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"Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability"
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"If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice"
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"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend"
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"No blessing lasts forever"
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"There's no such thing, you know, as picking out the best woman: it's only a question of comparative badness, brother"
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"A contented mind is the best source for trouble"
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"Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty"
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"We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue"
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"True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long"
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"Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered"
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"The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others"
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"The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow"
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"The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words"
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"The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend"
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"Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes"
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