Who vaunts his race, lauds what belongs to others.
What is freedom? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance.
Freedom can't be kept for nothing. If you set a high value on liberty, you must set a low value on everything else.
Worse than war is the very fear of war.
The cause of anger is the belief that we are injured; this belief, therefore, should not be lightly entertained. We ought not to fly into a rage even when the injury appears to be open and distinct: for some false things bear the semblance of truth. We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discloses the truth.
Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants.
'Tis the first art of kings, the power to suffer hate.
A good judge condemns wrongful acts, but does not hate them.
A great fortune is a great slavery.
A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent.
A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
A trifling debt makes a man your debtor; a large one makes him an enemy.
All art is but imitation of nature.
All savageness is a sign of weakness.
Although," said he [Cato], "all the world has fallen under one man's sway, although Caesar's legions guard the land, his fleets the sea, and Caesar's troops beset the city gates, yet Cato has a way of escape; with one single hand he will open a wide path to freedom. This sword, unstained and blameless even in civil war, shall at last do good and noble service: the freedom which it could not give to his country it shall give to Cato!
And yet life, Lucilius, is really a battle.
Before I became old I tried to live well; now that I am old, I shall try to die well; but dying well means dying gladly.
But how much more highly do I think of these men! They can do these things, but decline to do them. To whom that ever tried have these tasks proved false? To what man did they not seem easier in the doing? Our lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty. The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.