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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  In illo viro, tantum robur corporis et animi fuit, ut quocunque loco natus esset, fortunam sibi facturus videretur—In that man there was such oaken strength of body and mind, that whatever his rank by birth might have been, he gave promise of attaining the highest place in the lists of fortune.    Of Cato the elder.  1
  Huic versatile ingenium sic pariter ad omnia fait, ut natum ad id unum diceres, quodcunque ageret—This man’s genius was so versatile, so equal to every pursuit, that you would pronounce him to have been born for whatever thing he was engaged on.    On the elder Cato.  2
  Cæca invidia est, nec quidquam aliud scit quam detrectare virtutes—Envy is blind, and can only disparage the virtues of others.  3
  De publico est elatus—He was buried at the public expense.  4
  Et facere et pati fortiter Romanum est—Bravery and endurance make a man a Roman.  5
  Eventus stultorum magister est—Only the event teaches fools.  6
  Ex factis non ex dictis amici pensandi—Friends are to be estimated from deeds, not words.  7
  Fœdum inceptu, fœdum exitu—Bad in the beginning, bad in the end.  8
  Famæ damna majora sunt, quam quæ æstimari possint—The loss of reputation is greater than can be possibly estimated.  9
  Fama nihil est celerius—Nothing circulates more swiftly than scandal.  10
  Ferme fugiendo in media fata ruitur—How often it happens that men fall into the very evils they are striving to avoid.  11
  Fide abrogata, omnis humana societas tollitur—If good faith be abolished, all human society is dissolved.  12
  Gloriam qui spreverit, veram habet—He who despises glory will have true glory.  13
  In serum rem trahere—To protract the discussion, or the sitting, to a late hour.  14
  Justum bellum quibus necessarium, et pia arma quibus nulla nisi in armis relinquitur spes—War is just to those to whom it is necessary; and to take up arms is a sacred duty with those who have no other hope left.  15
  Macte virtute diligentiaque esto—Persevere in virtue and diligence.  16
  Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.  17
  Mens peccat, non corpus, et unde consilium abfuit culpa abest—It is the mind that sins, not the body, and where there was no intention there is no criminality.  18
  Munditiæ, et ornatus, et cultus hæc feminarum insignia sunt, his gaudent et gloriantur—Neatness, ornament, and dress, are peculiar badges of women; in these they delight and glory.  19
  Nothing is so uncertain as the minds of the multitude.  20
  Parva sunt hæc; sed parva ista non contemnendo majores nostri maximam hanc rem fecerunt—These are small things; but it was by not despising these small things that our forefathers made the commonwealth so great.  21
  Quid vesper ferat, incertum est?—Who knows what the evening may bring us?  22
  That nation is in the enjoyment of liberty which stands by its own strength, and does not depend on the will of another.  23
  Virtus est militis decus—Valour is the soldier’s honour.  24

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