Stoic Quotes to Live By Pt. 5

For part 5 we will be focusing on Cato the Younger (234- 149 BC) a roman statesman and orator. You can find the rest of this series here.

Cato had a great influence in roman politics, this influence was based mostly on what he did rather than what he said, a truly remarkable feat for anyone involved in politics. He is remembered by his frugality and strict moral code. He was a man that stood for what he believed in, opposing the reign of Caesar until his last breath. He ended up taking his life through a gruesome suicide when it became clear to him that Caesar was not to be stopped.

Below are some notable quotes by Cato the Younger.

“In doing nothing, men learn to do evil.”

“By liberty I understand the power which every man has over his own actions and his right to enjoy the fruits of his labour, art and industry, as far as by it he hurts not the society or any member of it…”

“Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.”

“Consider in silence whatever anyone says, speech both conceals and reveals the inner soul of man.”

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing freedom of speech. Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”

“To say that private men have nothing to do with government is to say that private men have nothing to do with their own happiness or misery; that people aught not to concern themselves whether they be naked or clothed, fed or starved, deceived or instructed, protected or destroyed.”

“Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.”

“After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”

“I will begin to speak, when I have that to say which had not better be unsaid.”

“For some people there is no comfort without pain. Thus; we define salvation through suffering. Hence, why we choose people who we know aren’t right for ourselves.”

“The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.”

“Flee sloth; for the indolence of the soul is the decay of the body. “

“The primary virtue is: hold your tongue; who knows how to keep quiet is close to God.”

“Don’t promise twice what you can do at once.”

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