Cato the Elder Quotes

Cato the Elder

Roman orator & politician (234 BC - 149 BC)

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An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

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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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Even though work stops, expenses run on.

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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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I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, 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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Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.

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From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.

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Lighter is the wound foreseen.

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Patience is the greatest of all virtues.

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Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.

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Grasp the subject, the words will follow.

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