Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.
Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today.
There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
The African lions rush to attack bulls; they do not attack butterflies.
[Lat., In tauros Libyci ruunt leones;
Non sunt papilionibus molesti.]
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.
You're obstinate, pliant, merry, morose, all at once. For me there's no living with you, or without you.
I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.
While an ant was wandering under the shade of the tree of Phaeton, a drop of amber enveloped the tiny insect; thus she, who in life was disregarded, became precious by death.
It is feeling and force of imagination that make us eloquent.
Virtue extends our days: he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Life is not living, but living in health.
Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
There is nothing more revolting than an old busybody.
Life consists not merely in existing, but in enjoying health.
To have nothing is not poverty.
[Lat., Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.]
Of no day can the retrospect cause pain to a good man.
They let out on hire their passions and eloquence. [Referring to lawyers.]
You importune me, Tucca, to present you with my books. I shall not do so; for you want to sell, not to read, them.
You should not fear, nor yet should you wish for your last day.
This I ask, is it not madness to kill thyself in order to escape death?
[Lat., Hic rogo non furor est ne moriare mori?]
All your female friends are either old or ugly; nay, more ugly than old women usually are. These you lead about in your train, and drag with you to feasts, porticos and theaters. Thus, Fabulla, you seem handsome, thus you seem young.
To-morrow I will live, the fool does say;
To-day itself's too late, the wise lived yesterday.
He who thinks that the lives of Priam and of Nestor were long is much deceived and mistaken. Life consists not in living, but in enjoying health.
If you are poor now, Aemilianus, you will always be poor. Riches are now given to none but the rich.
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