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For to me every sort of peace with the citizens seemed to be of more service than civil war.
[Lat., Mihi enim omnis pax cum civibus bello civili utilior videbatur.]
- Philippicoe (2, 15, 37) [Peace]
What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered.
[Lat., Male parta, male dilabuntur.]
- Philippicoe (II, 27)
[Dishonesty : Possession]
Prudence must not be expected from a man who is never sober.
[Lat., Non est ab homine nunquam sobrio postulanda prudentia.]
- Philippicoe (II, 32) [Drinking]
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
[Lat., Timor non est diuturnus magister officii.]
- Philippicoe (II, 36) [Fear]
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
[Lat., Vita enim mortuorum in memoria vivorum est posita.]
- Philippicoe (IX, 5) [Memory]
Every evil in the bud is easily crushed; as it grows older, it becomes stronger.
[Lat., Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur; inveteratum fit pleurumque robustius.]
- Philippicoe (V, 11) [Evil]
Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it. Second thoughts are best as the proverb says.
[Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare; nullius, nisi insipientis, in errore perseverae. Posteriores enim cogitationes (ut aiunt) sapientiores solent esse.]
- Philippicoe (XII, 2) [Mistake : Thought]
To err is human, but to persevere in error is only the act of a fool.
[Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.]
- Philippicoe (XII, 2) [Error : Proverbs]
The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.
[Lat., Brevis a natura nobis vita data est; at memoria bene reditae vitae sempiterna.]
- Philippicoe (XIV, 12) [Life]
Endless money forms the sinews of war.
[Lat., Nervi belli pecunia infinita.]
- Philippics (V, 2, 5) [War]
In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.
[Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando.]
- Pro Ligario (XII) [Health]
For the laws are dumb in the midst of arms.
[Lat., Silent enim leges inter arma.]
- Pro Milone (IV) [Law]
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and long honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Rhetorical Invention [Confidence]
Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.
- Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sc. LIII)
Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.
- Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sec. LVI)
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
[Lat., Esse oportet ut vivas, non vivere ut edas.]
- Rhetoricorum Ad C. Herennium (IV, 7)
From all sides there is equally a way to the lower world.
[Lat., Undique ad inferos tantundem viae est.]
- Tusc. Quoest. (bk. I, 43, 104),
quoted as a saying of Anaxagoras [Hell]
O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.
[Lat., O vitae philosophia dux! O virtutis indagatrix, expultrixque vitiorum! Quid non modo nos, sed omnino vita hominum sine et esse potuisset? Tu urbes peperisti; tu dissipatos homines in societatum vitae convocasti.]
- Tusc. Quoest. (bk. V, 2, 5) [Philosophy]
But in every matter the consensus of opinion among all nations is to be regarded as the law of nature.
[Lat., Omni autem in re consensio omnium gentium lex naturae putanda est.]
- Tusc. Quoest. (I, 13, 30) [Opinion]
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
[Lat., Non me pudet fateri nescire quod nesciam.]
- Tusc. Quoest. (I, 25, 60) [Ignorance]
I am pleased to be praised by a man so praised as you, father. [Words used by Hector.]
[Lat., Laetus sum
Laudari me abs te, pater, laudato viro.]
- quoted by Tusc. Quoest. (IV, 31, 67)
For one day spent well, and agreeably to your precepts, is preferable to an eternity of error.
- Tusculan Disputations (book V, division 2)
Philosophy is true mother of the arts. (Science)
[Lat., Philosophia vero omnium mater artium.]
- Tusculanarum Disputationum (bk. I)
A man of courage is also full of faith.
- Tusculanarum Disputationum
(bk. III, ch. VIII),
(Yonge's translation) [Courage]
At whose sight, like the sun,
All others with diminish'd lustre shone.
- Tusculanarum Disputationum
(bk. III, div. 18), (Yonge's translation)
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