Quotes by Roman authors


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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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"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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"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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"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly"
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"I am a man, I consider nothing that is human alien to me"
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"They can because they think they can"
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"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"
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"Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness"
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"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend"
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"Even though work stops, expenses run on"
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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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"An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes"
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"Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life"
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"We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing"
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"Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life"
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"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones"
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"While we teach, we learn"
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"Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures"
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"Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body"
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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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"I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within"
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"A contented mind is the best source for trouble"
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"Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers"
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"No blessing lasts forever"
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"Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability"
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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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"If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice"
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"Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses"
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"Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent"
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