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
The gardener plants trees, not one berry of which he will ever see: and shall not a public man plant laws, institutions, government, in short, under the same conditions?
The freedom of poetic license.
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.
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