Cato the Elder, Marcus Porius Cato, aka Censorius (the Censor), Sapiens (the Wise), Priscus (the Ancient)

Cato the Elder, Marcus Porius Cato, aka Censorius (the Censor), Sapiens (the Wise), Priscus (the Ancient)
234 B.C.
149 B.C.

Roman Statesman, Stoic Philosopher and Orator

Author Quotes

Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.

Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.

Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.

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

Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

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.

Self-praise and self-depreciation are alike absurd.

From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.

Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.

We have a keener appetite for the new than grasp of the old.

The first virtue is, I think, to rule the tongue.

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Speech is the gift of all, but thought of few.

Labor builds up strength, but long idleness destroys it... Labor often dries the tear and brings happiness.

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

Human life is very like iron. If you use it, it wears out; if you do not, it is consumed by rust.

Hope alone does not desert man, even in death.

He who fears death, though living, loses life itself.

Good-breeding is the art of showing men, by external signs, the internal regard we have for them. It arises from good sense, improved by conversing with good company.

Despise riches if you would have a happy mind.

Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.

Believe nothing rashly.

A benefit slips from the mind, an injury endures.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes.

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First Name
Cato the Elder, Marcus Porius Cato, aka Censorius (the Censor), Sapiens (the Wise), Priscus (the Ancient)
Birth Date
234 B.C.
Death Date
149 B.C.
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Roman Statesman, Stoic Philosopher and Orator