Quotes by Cato The Elder

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Marcus Porcius Cato (234 BC - 149 BC), Roman statesman, surnamed "The Censor," Sapiens, Priscus, or Major (the Elder), to distinguish him from Cato the Younger (his great-grandson).

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An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
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.
Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.
The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.
It is thus with farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.
Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.

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