Q – Cato the Elder

Cato the Elder circa 234 – 149BC was an ancient Roman senator, general and historian. He was the first person to write history in Latin.

 

‘Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth’

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‘Grasp the subject, the words will follow’

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‘Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men: For the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise’

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‘All mankind rules its women, and we rule all mankind, but our women rule us’

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‘After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one’

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‘An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking’

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‘We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them’

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‘I prefer to do right and get no thanks than to do wrong and receive no punishment’

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‘From lightest words sometimes the direct quarrel springs’

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‘I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right’

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‘Patience is the greatest of all virtues’

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‘Lighter is the wound foreseen’

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‘It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears’

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‘I prefer to do right and get no thanks than to do wrong and receive no punishment’

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‘An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes’

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‘If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave’

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‘Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters’

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‘Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few’

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‘Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses’

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‘The hero saves us. Praise the hero! Now who will save us from the hero?’

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