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He (Cato) never gave his opinion in the Senate upon any other point whatever, without adding these words, "And, in my opinion Carthage should be destroyed." ["Delenda est Carthago."]
- Life of Cato the Censor [Opinion]
Themistocles said, "The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; you son governs you."
- Life of Cato the Censor [Government]
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
- Life of Cato the Censor [Value]
The authors of great evils know best how to remove them.
- Life of Cato the Younger,
Cato the Younger's advice to the Senate to put all power into Pompey's hands
As to Caesar, when he was called upon, he gave no testimony against Clodius, nor did he affirm that he was certain of any injury done to his bed. He only said, "He had divorced Pompeia because the wife of Caesar ought not only to be clear of such a crime, but of the very suspicion of it."
- Life of Cicero [Suspicion]
He who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war.
- Life of Cleomenes (27) [War]
Demosthenes, when taunted by Pytheas that all his arguments "smelled of the lamp," replied, "Yes, but your lamp and mine, my friend, do not witness the same labours."
- Life of Demostenes [Argument]
Julius Caesar divorced his wife Pompeia, but declared at the trial that he knew nothing of what was alleged against her and Clodius. When asked why, in that case, he had divorced her, he replied: "Because I would have the chastity of my wife clear even of suspicion."
- Life of Julius Caesar [Suspicion]
Plato used to say to Xenocrates the philosopher, who was rough and morose, "Good Xenocrates, sacrifice to the Graces."
- Life of Marius [Sacrifice]
Not Philip, but Phillip's gold, took the cities of Greece.
- Life of Paulus Aemilius,
quoted as a common saying, referring to Philip II of Macedon
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.
- Life of Pericles [Work]
Words will build no walls.
- Life of Pericles,
Cratinus ridiculed the long wall Pericles proposed to build
Pompey bade Sylla recollect that more worshipped the rising than the setting sun.
- Life of Pompey [Sun]
He [Caesar] loved the treason, but hated the traitor.
- Life of Romulus [Treason]
Concerning the dead nothing but good shall be spoken.
[Lat., De mortuis nil nisi bonum.]
- Life of Solon, given as a saying of Solon
Speech is like cloth of Arras opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as packs.
- Life of Themistocles [Speech]
The wildest colts only make the best horses.
- Life of Themistocles [Childhood : Horses]
. . . And holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."
- Lives (vol. II, Life of Aemilius Paulus)
What, did you not know, then, that to-day Lucullus dines with Lucullus?
- Lives--Life of Lucullus (vol. III, p. 280)
Sylla proceeded by persuasion, not by arms.
- Lysander and Sylla Compared [War]
Zeno first started that doctrine, that knavery is the best defence against a knave.
- Morals (vol. 1, Of Bashfulness) [Knavery]
Remember what Simonides said,--that he never repented that he had held his tongue, but often that he had spoken.
(vol. I, Rules for the Preservation of Health)
Said Scopas of Thessaly, "But we rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and no in those necessary things."
- Morals (vol. II, Of the Love of Wealth)
Said Periander, "Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage."
(vol. II, The Banquet of the Seven Wise Men)
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
- Morals--Against Colotes the Epicurean
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