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CATO (MARCUS PORCIUS CATO "THE ELDER") (A/K/A CATO THE CENSOR)
Italian patriot and statesman
(234 BC - 149 BC)
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A honest man is seldom a vagrant.
      - [Vagrant]

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
      - [Fame]

All have the gift of speech, but few are possessed of wisdom.
      - [Speech]

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes.
      - [Anger]

Be firm or mild as the occasion may require.
      - [Proverbs]

Consider in silence whatever any one says: speech both conceals and reveals the inner soul of man.
      - [Speech]

Consider it the greatest of all virtues to restrain the tongue.
      - [Proverbs]

Do not expect good from another's death.
      - [Proverbs]

Don't promise twice what you can do at once.
      - [Proverbs]

Flee sloth; for the indolence of the soul is the decay of the body.
      - [Sloth]

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.
      - [Good Breeding]

He who fears death has already lost the life he covets.
      - [Death]

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.
      - [Self-control : Silence]

I think the first wisdom is to restrain the tongue.
      - [Talking]

In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.
      - [Conversation]

In doing nothing men learn to do evil.
      - [Proverbs]

It is difficult to spear to the belly, because it has no ears.
      - when the Romans demanded corn [Hunger]

Never travel by sea when you can go by land.
      - [Travel]

Old age has deformities enough of its own; do not add to it the deformity of vice.
      - [Age]

Regard not dreams, since they are but the images of our hopes and fears.
      - [Dreams]

Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art. [If you would catch a man let him think he is catching you.]
      - [Proverbs]

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]

Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never.
      - [Enemies]

Speak briefly and to the point.
      - [Speech]

The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.
      - [Retrospection]


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