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Cato the Younger Quotes


Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, commonly known as Cato the Younger (Cato Minor) to distinguish him from his great-grandfather (Cato the Elder), was a politician and statesman in the late Roman Republic, and a follower of the Stoic philosophy.
(95 BC - 46 BC)

Flee sloth, for the indolence of the soul is the decay of the body.
[Sloth]
 

I would not be beholden to a tyrant, for his acts of tyranny. For it is but usurpation in him to save, as their rightful lord, the lives of men over whom he has no title to reign.
 

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

Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never.
[Enemies]
 

The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.
[Remembrance]