Cato Quotes

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Variant: Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.
Cato (Quoted in The Life of Cato the Elder by Plutarch)
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
Grasp the subject, the words will follow.
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
The worst ruler is one who cannot rule himself.
Consider it the greatest of all virtues to restrain the tongue.
The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
Cato (Quoted in Apothegms by Francis Bacon)
Even though work stops, expenses run on.
Variant: Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
(On Agriculture)

If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.
Lighter is the wound foreseen.
It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
Variant: It is difficult to speak to the belly, because it has no ears.
Do not expect good from another's death.
Patience is the greatest of all virtues.
In doing nothing men learn to do evil.
It is sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.
Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.
An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.
Cato (Quoted by Quintillian)
Buy not what you want, but what you have need of.
Cato (Quoted by Seneca the Elder in Controversiae)
It is thus with farming: if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.
Cato (On Agriculture)
Be firm or mild as the occasion may require.
From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.
I advise that Carthage should be destroyed.
Variant: Carthage must be destroyed.

Cato Biography

Born: 234 BCE
Died: 149 BCE

Cato, also known as Cato the Elder was a ancient Roman statesman. He was famous during his time for being a soldier and an author.

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