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Gratis
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Treatises on Friendship and Old Age

    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    Accordingly, the death of young men seems to me like putting out a great fire with a deluge of water; but old men die like a fire going out because it has burnt down of its own nature without artificial means
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    What the object of senile avarice may be I cannot conceive. For can there be anything more absurd than to seek more journey money, the less there remains of the journey?
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    But, it will be said, old men are fretful, fidgety, ill-tempered, and disagreeable. If you come to that, they are also avaricious. But these are faults of character, not of the time of life.
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    For the crowning grace of old age is influence
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    Therefore nothing can be so execrable and so fatal as pleasure; since, when more than ordinarily violent and lasting, it darkens all the light of the soul.
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    For when appetite is our master, there is no place for self-control; nor where pleasure reigns supreme can virtue hold its ground
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    You should use what you have, and whatever you may chance to be doing, do it with all your might
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    The great affairs of life are not performed by physical strength, or activity, or nimbleness of body, but by deliberation, character, expression of opinion.
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    The fact is that when I come to think it over, I find that there are four reasons for old age being thought unhappy: First, that it withdraws us from active employments; second, that it enfeebles the body; third, that it deprives us of nearly all physical pleasures; fourth, that it is the next step to death.
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    Men, of course, who have no resources in themselves for securing a good and happy life find every age burdensome. But those who look for all happiness from within can never think anything had which nature makes inevitable
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    The fact is that fewer people are endowed with virtue than wish to be thought to be so. It is such people that take delight in flattery
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    There are people who owe more to bitter enemies than to apparently pleasant friends: the former often speak the truth, the latter never
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    I say "respect"; for if respect is gone, friendship has lost its brightest jewel
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    we should ask from friends, and do for friends', only what is good
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    I conclude, then, that the plea of having acted in the interests of a friend is not a valid excuse for a wrong action. For, seeing that a belief in a man's virtue is the original cause of friendship, friendship can hardly remain if virtue he abandoned
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    so we look on friendship as worth trying for, not because we are attracted to it by the expectation of ulterior gain, but in the conviction that what it has to give us is from first to last included in the feeling itself
    Nicolas Palaciosmembuat kutipan2 tahun yang lalu
    between us there was the most complete harmony in our tastes, our pursuits, and our sentiments, which is the true secret of friendship
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