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43 BC - AD 17, Roman poet

The vulgar herd estimate friends by the advantage to be derived from them.
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Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying,
once and for all.
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Right it is to be taught even by the enemy.
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It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.
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Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them.
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Take rest - a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
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Today is truly the Golden Age: Gold buys honor, gold procures love.
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The love of glory gives an immense stimulus.
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It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.
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A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
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Cunning leads to knavery. It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. Only
lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
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It's a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes.
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The result justifies the deed.
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The gods favor the bold.
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What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock.
Persevere.
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It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.
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Fortune and love favor the brave.
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An evil life is a kind of death.
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Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.
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To be loved, be lovable.
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Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
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I see and approve better things, but follow worse.
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Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.
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Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses.
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Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect
it there will be a fish.
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A burden which is done well becomes light.
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The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report.
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What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.
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There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.
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You who seek an end of love, love yields to business: Be busy, and you will be safe.
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So long as you are secure you will count many friends; if your life becomes clouded you will
be alone.
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The bold adventurer succeeds the best.
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There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the
alcohol ever distilled.
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Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
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Everyone is a millionaire where promises are concerned.
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Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.
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Pure women are only those who have not been asked.
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Anything cracked will shatter at a touch.
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He who has lived in obscurity has lived well.
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We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
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I flee who chases me and chase who flees me.
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