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English essayist, poet and statesman
(1672 - 1719)
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A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty
  Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
      - Cato (act II, sc. 1) [Liberty]

Great Pompey's shade complains that we are slow,
  And Scipio's ghost walks unavenged amongst us!
      - Cato (act II, sc. 1) [Apparitions]

Young men soon give and soon forget affronts;
  Old age is slow in both.
      - Cato (act II, sc. 5) [Youth]

The friendships of the world are oft
  Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure;
    Ours has severest virtue for its basis,
      And such a friendship ends not but with life.
      - Cato (act III, sc. 1) [Friendship]

When love's well-timed 'tis not a fault of love;
  The strong, the brave, the virtuous, and the wise,
    Sink in the soft captivity together.
      - Cato (act III, sc. 1) [Love]

Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul,
  Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee,
    Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine!
      - Cato (act III, sc. 2) [Women]

See they suffer death,
  But in their deaths remember they are men,
    Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous.
      - Cato (act III, sc. 5) [Punishment]

When love once pleads admission to our hearts,
  (In spite of all the virtue we can boast),
    The woman that deliberates is lost.
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 1) [Love]

Why wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer
  Imaginary ills, and fancy'd tortures?
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 1) [Grief]

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way
  To all the pangs and fury of despair.
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 3) [Despair]

Content thyself to be obscurely good.
  When vice prevails and impious men bear away,
    The post of honor is a private station.
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 4)
        [Honor : Humility : Obscurity]

Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country.
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 4) [Virtue]

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man!
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 4) [Virtue]

Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty.
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 4) [Duty]

Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
  That we can die but once to save our country!
      - Cato (act IV, sc. 4) [Patriotism]

But thou shall flourish in immortal youth,
  Unhurt amidst the wars of elements,
    The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Soul]

Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought!
  Through what variety of untried being,
    Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Eternity]

If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud
  Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Nature : Virtue]

It must be so--Plato, thou reasonest well!--
  Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
    This longing after immortality?
      Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
        O falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul
          Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
            'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
              'Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter,
                And intimates eternity to man.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Immortality]

My death and life,
  My bane and antidote, are both before me.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Destiny]

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
  Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years,
    But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
      Unhurt amidst the wars of elements,
        The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Immortality]

The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [World]

What means this heaviness that hangs upon me?
  This lethargy that creeps through all my senses?
    Nature, oppress'd and harrass'd out with care,
      Sinks down to rest.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 1) [Sleep]

From hence, let fierce contending nations know,
  What dire effects from civil discord flow.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 4) [Results : War]

O ye powers that search
  The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts,
    If I have done amiss, impute it not!
      The best may err, but you are good.
      - Cato (act V, sc. 4) [Repentance]

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