We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
Cicero (106 - 43 BC)
Contributed by: Zaady
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
We are all drawn by our eagerness for praise. - Trahimur omnes laudis studio
Source: Tusculanes Disputationes, 44 B.C.
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? - Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
Source: Catilinam I
I cease not to advocate peace; even though unjust it is better than the most just war.
The people's good is the highest law.
A careful physician . . . before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
Source: On the Orator, II.
Nothing is more praiseworthy, nothing more suited to a great and illustrious man than placability and a merciful disposition.
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