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  • He who has two languages has two souls.

  • Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.

  • He who civilly shows the way to one who has missed it, is as one who has lighted another's lamp from his own lamp; it none the less gives light to himself when it burns for the other.

  • He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.

  • Ennius was the father of Roman poetry, because he first introduced into Latin the Greek manner and in particular the hexameter metre.

  • How can life be worth living, if devoid Of the calm trust reposed by friend in friend? What sweeter joy than in the kindred soul, Whose converse differs not from self-communion?

  • A true friend is a friend when in difficulty

  • The victor is not victorious if the vanquished does not consider himself so

  • Let no one honour me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of me. [Lat., Nemo me lacrymis decoret, nec funera fletu. Faxit cur? Volito vivu' per ora virum.]

  • The idle mind knows not what it wants.

    As quoted in "Noctes Atticae" by Aulus Gellius, Book XIX, Chapter X,
  • O friend unseen, unborn, unknown, Student of our sweet English tongue, I never indulge in poetics - Unless I am down with rheumatics.

  • A true friend is tested in adversity.

  • Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping.

    As quoted in "Tusculanae Disputationes" by Cicero, Book I, chapter XV, section 34,
  • One man restored our fortunes by delay. [By skilfully avoiding an engagement, Fabius exhausted the resources of the enemy.]

  • A sure friend is known in unsure circumstances.

  • No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.

    As quoted in "De Divinatione" by Cicero, Book II, Chapter XIII,
  • To later Romans Ennius was the personification of the spirit of early Rome; by them he was called "The Father of Roman Poetry." We must remember how truly Greek he was in his point of view. He set the example for later Latin poetry by writing the first epic of Rome in Greek hexameter verses instead of in the old Saturnian verse. He made popular the doctrines of Euhemerus, and he was in general a champion of free thought and rationalism.

  • Whom men fear they hate, and whom they hate, they wish dead.

  • I never indulge in rhyme or stanza Unless I'm in bed with the influenza.

  • That is true liberty, which bears a pure and firm breast.

  • A true friend is distinguished in the crisis of hazard and necessity; when the gallantry of his aid may show the worth of his soul and the loyalty of his heart.

  • They hate whom they fear.

  • One man by delay restored the state, for he preferred the public safety to idle report. [Lat., Unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem, Non ponebat enim rumores ante salutem.]

  • The ape, vilest of beasts, how like to us.

    As quoted in "De Natura Deorum" by Cicero, Book I, Chapter XXXV,
  • To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.

  • The Roman state stands by ancient customs, and its manhood.

  • Don't ask of your friends what you yourself can do.

  • The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage. [Lat., Nequicquam sapere sapientem, qui ipse sibi prodesse non quiret.]

  • One man by delaying saved the state for us.

  • He hath freedom whoso beareth a clean and constant heart within.

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