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Roman philosopher, statesman and orator
(106 BC - 43 BC)
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The chief recommendation [in a young man] is modesty, then dutiful conduct toward parents, then affection for kindred.
  [Lat., Prima commendiato proficiscitur a modestia tum pietate in parentes, tum in suos benevolentia.]
      - De Officiis (II, 13) [Youth]

It is difficult to tell how much men's minds are conciliated by a kind manner and gentle speech.
  [Lat., Sed tamen difficile dictu est, quantopere conciliat animos hominum comitas affabilitasque sermonis.]
      - De Officiis (II, 14) [Kindness]

Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods.
  [Lat., Deos placatos pietas efficiet et sanctitas.]
      - De Officiis (II, 3) [Religion]

The law of nations.
  [Lat., Jus gentium.]
      - De Officiis (III, 17) [Law]

I have sworn with my tongue, but my mind is unsworn.
  [Lat., Juravi lingua, mentem injuratem gero.]
      - De Officiis (III, 29) [Oaths]

Guilt is present in the very hesitation, even though the deed be not committed.
  [Lat., In ipsa dubitatione facinus inest, etiamsi ad id non pervererint.]
      - De Officiis (III, 8) [Guilt]

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to the second or even the third rank.
  [Lat., Prima enim sequentem, honestumn est in secundis, tertiisque consistere.]
      - De Oratore (I) [Ambition]

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
  [Lat., Memoria est thesaurus omnium rerum e custos.]
      - De Oratore (I, 5) [Memory]

If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxuries.
  [Lat., Avaritiam si tollere vultis, mater ejus est tollenda, luxuries.]
      - De Oratore (II, 40) [Avarice]

As thou sowest, so shalt thou reap.
  [Sp., Ut sementem feceris, ita metes.]
      - De Oratore (II, 65) [Results]

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
  [Lat., Omnibus in rebus voluptatibus maximis fastidium finitimum est.]
      - De Oratore (III, 25) [Pleasure]

I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly.
  [Lat., Malo indisertam prudentiam, quam loquacem stultitiam.]
      - De Oratore (III, 35) [Prudence]

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
  [Lat., Imago animi vultus est, indices oculi.]
      - De Oratore (III, 59) [Soul]

Every one is least known to himself, and it is very difficult for a man to know himself.
  [Lat., Minime sibi quisque notus est, et difficilime de se quisque sentit.]
      - De Oratore (III, 9) [Knowledge]

He is an eloquent man who can treat humble subjects with delicacy, lofty things impressively, and moderate things temperately.
  [Lat., Is enim est eloquens qui et humilia subtiliter, et magna graviter, et mediocria temperate potest dicere.]
      - De Oratore (XXIX) [Eloquence]

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.
  [Lat., Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum.]
      - De Oratore (XXXIV) [History : Knowledge]

Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery.
  [Lat., Nimia libertas et populis et privatis in nimiam servitutem cadit.]
      - De Republica (I, 44) [Slavery]

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
  [Lat., Mature fieri senem, si diu velis esses senex.]
      - De Senectute [Age]

I depart from life as from an inn, and not as from my home.
  [Lat., Ex vita discedo, tanquam ex hospitio, non tanquam ex domo.]
      - De Senectute (23) [Death]

But a perverse temper and fretful disposition make any state of life unhappy.
  [Lat., Importunitas autem, et inhumanitas omni aetati molesta est.]
      - De Senectute (III) [Character]

A sensual and intemperate youth hands over a worn-out body to old age.
  [Lat., Libidinosa etenim et intemperans adolescentiam effoetum corpus tradit senectuti.]
      - De Senectute (IX) [Intemperance]

What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does he should do with all his might.
  [Lat., Quod est, eo decet uti: et quicquid agas, agere pro viribus.]
      - De Senectute (IX) [Action]

Pleasure blinds (so to speak) the eyes of the mind, and has no fellowship with virtue.
  [Lat., Voluptas mentis (ut ita dicam) praestringit oculos, nec habet ullum cum virtute commercium.]
      - De Senectute (XII) [Pleasure]

Plato divinely calls pleasure the bait of evil, inasmuch as men are caught by it as fish by a hook.
  [Lat., Divine Plato escam malorum appeliat voluptatem, quod ea videlicet homines capiantur, ut pisces hamo.]
      - De Senectute (XIII, 44) [Pleasure]

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent.
  [Lat., Quod exemplo fit, id etiam jure fieri putant.]
      - Epistles (IV, 3) [Example]

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