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Roman philosopher, statesman and orator
(106 BC - 43 BC)
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Nature abhors annihilation.
  [Lat., Ab interitu naturam abhorrere.]
      - De Finibus (V, 11, 3) [Nature]

Death approaches, which is always impending like the stone over Tantalus: then comes superstition with which he who is imbued can never have peace of mind.
  [Lat., Accedit etiam mors, quae quasi saxum Tantalo semper impendit: tum superstitio, qua qui est imbutus quietus esse numquam potest.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (I)

Through ignorance of what is good and what is bad, the life of men is greatly perplexed.
  [Lat., Ignoratione rerum bonarum et malarum maxime hominum vita vexatur.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (I, 13)

Can any one find in what condition his body will be, I do not say a year hence, but this evening?
  [Lat., An id exploratum cuiquam potest esse, quomodo sese habitarum sit corpus, non dico ad annum sed ad vesperam?]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (II, 228)

I hear Socrates saying that the best seasoning for food is hunger; for drink, thirst.
  [Lat., Socratem audio dicentem, cibi condimentum essa famem, potionis sitim.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (II, 28)

It is generally said, "Past labors are pleasant," Euripides says, for you all know the Greek verse, "The recollection of past labors is pleasant."
  [Lat., Vulgo enim dicitur, Jucundi acti labores: nec male Euripides: concludam, si potero, Latine: Graecum enim hunc versum nostis omnes: Suavis laborum est proeteritorum memoria.
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (II, 32)

The cultivation of the mind is a kind of food supplied for the soul of man.
  [Lat., Animi cultus quasi quidam humanitatis cibus.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 19)

The beginnings of all things are small.
  [Lat., Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 21)

Habit is, as it were, a second nature.
  [Lat., Consuetudo quasi altera natura effici.]
      - De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 25)

An ancient custom obtains force of nature.
  [Lat., Vetus consuetudo naturae vim obtinet.]
      - De Inventione [Custom]

Let the punishment be equal with the offence.
  [Lat., Noxiae poena par esto.]
      - De Legibus (bk. III, 20) [Punishment]

Justice renders to every one his due.
  [Lat., Justitia suum cuique distribuit.]
      - De Legibus (I, 15) [Justice]

Justice extorts no reward, no kind of price; she is sought, therefore, for her own sake.
  [Lat., Justitia nihil exprimit praemii, nihil pretii: per se igitur expetitur.]
      - De Legibus (I, 18) [Justice]

Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters.
  [Lat., Animi labes nec diuturnitate vanescere nec omnibus ullis elui potest.]
      - De Legibus (II, 10) [Wickedness]

Not only is that an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it.
  [Lat., Nam non solum scire aliquid, artis est, sed quaedam ars etiam docendi.]
      - De Legibus (II, 19) [Knowledge]

I am of the opinion which you have always held, that "viva voce" voting at elections is the best method.
  [Lat., Nam ego in ista sum sententia, qua te fuisse semper scio, nihil ut feurit in suffragiis voce melius.]
      - De Legibus (III, 15) [Elections : Politics]

He used to raise a storm in a teapot.
  [Lat., Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo.]
      - De Legibus (III, 16) [Storms]

He who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander.
  [Lat., Qui modeste paret, videtur qui aliquando imperet dignus esse.]
      - De Legibus (III, 2) [Obedience]

Probability is the very guide of life.
      - De Natura Deorum (5, 12) [Probability]

By some fortuitous concourse of atoms.
  [Lat., Fortuito quodam concursu atomorum.]
      - De Natura Deorum (bk. I, 24)

The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body.
  [Lat., Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.]
      - De Natura Deorum (bk. II, 56) [Eyes]

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
  [Lat., In animi securitate vitam beatam ponimus.]
      - De Natura Deorum (I, 20) [Happiness]

There is in superstition a senseless fear of God; religion consists in the pious worship of Him.
  [Lat., Superstitio, in qua inest inanis timor
    Dei; religio, quae dei pio cultu continetur.]
      - De Natura Deorum (I, 42) [Superstition]

He himself has said it.
  [Lat., Ipse dixit.]
      - quoted by De Natura Deorum (I, 5, 10),
        as the unreasoning answer given by Pythagoras

Time destroys the groundless conceits of men; it confirms decisions founded on reality.
  [Lat., Opinionum enim commenta delet dies; naturae judicia confirmat.]
      - De Natura Deorum (II, 2) [Time]

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