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Cato the Elder


Roman statesman, often called "The Censor," Sapiens, Priscus, or Major, to distinguish him from Cato the Younger.
Cato the Elder
It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
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Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Cato the Elder
I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.




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Not that I might die learnedóbut that I might not die unlearned.
Cato the Elder
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
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Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art.
Cato the Elder
From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.
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We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
Cato the Elder
Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
Cato the Elder
Fronte capillata, post est Occasio calva.
Cato the Elder
Consider it the greatest of all virtues to restrain the tongue.




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An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.
Cato the Elder
Don't promise twice what you can do at once.
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Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
Cato the Elder
Emas non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est. Quod non opus est, asse carum est.
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Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternatives.
Cato the Elder
The worst ruler is one who cannot rule himself.
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In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.
Cato the Elder
Do not expect good from another's death.
Cato the Elder
The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.


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