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The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues.
[Lat., Pietas fundamentum est omnium virtutum.]
- Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XII) [Childhood]
Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed.
[Lat., Nihil est autem tam voluere, quam maledictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur.]
- Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXIII) [Calumny]
In the approach to virtue there are many steps.
[Lat., In virtute sunt multi adscensus.]
- Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXV) [Virtue]
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
[Lat., Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.]
- Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXXIII)
All the arts which belong to polished life have some common tie, and are connect as it were by some relationship.
[Lat., Etenim omnes artes, quae ad humanitatem pertinent, habent quoddam commune vinculum, et quasi cognatione quadam inter se continentur.]
- Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (I) [Art]
I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
[Lat., Etiam illud adjungo, saepius ad laudem atque virtutem naturam sine doctrina, quam sine natura valisse doctrinam.]
- Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (VII) [Ability]
These (literary) studies are the food of youth, and consolation of age; they adorn prosperity, and are the comfort and refuge of adversity; they are pleasant at home, and are no incumbrance abroad; they accompany us at night, in our travels, and in our rural retreats.
[Lat., Haec studia adolecentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis solatium et perfugium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.
- Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (VII) [Study]
We are all excited by the love of praise, and the noblest are most influenced by glory.
[Lat., Trahimur omnes laudis studio, et optimus quisque maxime gloria ducitur.]
- Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (XI) [Praise]
It is the act of a bad man to deceive by falsehood.
[Lat., Improbi hominis est mendacio fallere.]
- Oratio Pro Murena (XXX) [Deceit]
Ease with dignity.
[Lat., Otium cum dignitate.]
- Oratio Pro Publio Sextio (XLV) [Dignity]
Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
[Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt, quam salutem hominibus dando.]
- Oratio Pro Quinto Ligario (XII) [Goodness]
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes.
[Lat., Ut ignis aquam conjectus, continuo restinguitur et refrigeratur, sic refervens falsum crimen in purissimam et castissimam vitam collatum, statim concidit et extinguitur.]
- Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comaedo (VI)
The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices.
[Lat., Vulgus ex veritate pauca, ex opinione multa aestimat.]
- Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo (X, 29)
He who has once deviated from the truth, usually commits perjury with as little scruple as he would tell a lie.
[Lat., Qui semel a veritate deflexit, hic non majore religione ad perjurium quam ad mendacium perduci consuevit.]
- Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo (XX)
He is sometimes slave who should be master; and sometimes master who should be slave.
[Lat., Fit in dominatu servitus, in servitute dominatus.]
- Oratio Pro Rege Deiotaro (XI) [Slavery]
Let our friends perish, provided that our enemies fall at the same time.
[Lat., Pereant amici, dum una inimici intercidant.]
- Oratio Pro Rege Deitaro (IX) [Enemies]
What's the good of it? for whose advantage?
[Lat., Cui bono?]
- Oratio Pro Sextio Roscio Amerino (XXX),
quoted from Lucius Cassius' "Second Philippic"
For your altars and your fires.
[Lat., Pro aris et focis.]
- Oration for Roscius (ch. V) [War]
O what times (are these)! what morals!
[Lat., O tempora! O mores!]
- Orationes in Catilinam (I, 2) [Time]
Without your knowledge, the eyes and ears of many will see and watch you, as they have done already.
[Lat., Multorum te etiam oculi et aures non sentientem, sicuti adhuc fecerunt, speculabuntur atque custodient.]
- Orationes In Catilinam (I, 2) [Suspicion]
Our country is the common parent of all.
[Lat., Patria est communis omnium parens.]
- Orationes in Catilinam (I, 7) [Patriotism]
No wise man ever thought that a traitor should be trusted.
[Lat., Nemo unquam sapiens proditori credendum putavit.]
- Orationes In Verrem (II, 1, 15) [Treason]
Things sacred should not only be touched with the hands, but unviolated in thought.
[Lat., Res sacros non modo manibus attingi, sed ne cogitatione quidem violari fas fuit.]
- Orationes in Verrem (II, 4, 45) [Religion]
Not to be avaricious is money; not to be fond of buying is a revenue; but to be content with our own is the greatest and most certain wealth of all.
[Lat., Non esse cupidum, pecunia est; non esse emacem, vectigal est; contentum vero suis rebus esse, maximae sunt, certissimaeque divitiae.]
- Paradoxa (6, 3) [Wealth]
Economy is a great revenue.
[Lat., Magnum vectigal est parsimonia.]
- Paradoxa (VI, 3, 49) [Economy]
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