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Crime, Family, and More: A family formed by crime must be broken by more crime.
Crime, Family, and More: A family formed by crime must be broken by more crime.

A family formed by crime must be broken by more crime.

Life, Spirit, and Human: We must, therefore, take a less serious view of all things, tolerating them in a spirit of acceptance: It is more human to laugh at life than to weep tears over it.
Life, Spirit, and Human: We must, therefore, take a less serious view of all things, tolerating them in a spirit of acceptance: It is more human to laugh at life than to weep tears over it.

We must, therefore, take a less serious view of all things, tolerating them in a spirit of acceptance: It is more human to laugh at life tha...

Pity, How, and Who: It is shameful to hate a person who deserves your praises; but how much more shameful it is to hate someone for the very cause that makes him deserve your pity.
Pity, How, and Who: It is shameful to hate a person who deserves your praises; but how much more shameful it is to hate someone for the very cause that makes him deserve your pity.

It is shameful to hate a person who deserves your praises; but how much more shameful it is to hate someone for the very cause that makes hi...

Judge, Anger, and Day: Anger will abate and become more controlled when it knows it must come before a judge each day.
Judge, Anger, and Day: Anger will abate and become more controlled when it knows it must come before a judge each day.

Anger will abate and become more controlled when it knows it must come before a judge each day.

God, Earth, and Divinity: No man on earth may look on forbidden things as you have done and escape punishment. Especially here, a land so infested with divinity that one might meet a god more easily than a man.
God, Earth, and Divinity: No man on earth may look on forbidden things as you have done and escape punishment. Especially here, a land so infested with divinity that one might meet a god more easily than a man.

No man on earth may look on forbidden things as you have done and escape punishment. Especially here, a land so infested with divinity that ...

Who, One, and Man: It is not the man who has to little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.
Who, One, and Man: It is not the man who has to little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.

It is not the man who has to little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.

Life, How To, and Live: It takes all of our life to learn how to live, and – something that may surprise you more – it takes just as long to learn how to die.
Life, How To, and Live: It takes all of our life to learn how to live, and – something that may surprise you more – it takes just as long to learn how to die.

It takes all of our life to learn how to live, and – something that may surprise you more – it takes just as long to learn how to die.

Crush, Reality, and Imagination: There are more things, Lucilius, likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.
Crush, Reality, and Imagination: There are more things, Lucilius, likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

There are more things, Lucilius, likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

Being Alone, Empire, and Future: You will see that the most powerful and highly placed men let drop remarks in which they long for leisure, acclaim it, and prefer it to all their blessings. They desire at times, if it could be with safety, to descend from their high pinnacle; for, though nothing from without should assail or shatter, Fortune of its very self comes crashing down.8 The deified Augustus, to whom the gods vouchsafed more than to any other man, did not cease to pray for rest and to seek release from public affairs; all his conversation ever reverted to this subject—his hope of leisure. This was the sweet, even if vain, consolation with which he would gladden his labours—that he would one day live for himself. In a letter addressed to the senate, in which he had promised that his rest would not be devoid of dignity nor inconsistent with his former glory, I find these words: "But these matters can be shown better by deeds than by promises. Nevertheless, since the joyful reality is still far distant, my desire for that time most earnestly prayed for has led me to forestall some of its delight by the pleasure of words." So desirable a thing did leisure seem that he anticipated it in thought because he could not attain it in reality. He who saw everything depending upon himself alone, who determined the fortune of individuals and of nations, thought most happily of that future day on which he should lay aside his greatness. He had discovered how much sweat those blessings that shone throughout all lands drew forth, how many secret worries they concealed. Forced to pit arms first against his countrymen, then against his colleagues, and lastly against his relatives, he shed blood on land and sea. Through Macedonia, Sicily, Egypt, Syria, and Asia, and almost all countries he followed the path of battle, and when his troops were weary of shedding Roman blood, he turned them to foreign wars. While he was pacifying the Alpine regions, and subduing the enemies planted in the midst of a peaceful empire, while he was extending its bounds even beyond the Rhine and the Euphrates and the Danube, in Rome itself the swords of Murena, Caepio, Lepidus, Egnatius, and others were being whetted to slay him. Not yet had he escaped their plots, when his daughter9 and all the noble youths who were bound to her by adultery as by a sacred oath, oft alarmed his failing years—and there was Paulus, and a second time the need to fear a woman in league with an Antony.10 When be had cut away these ulcers11 together with the limbs themselves, others would grow in their place; just as in a body that was overburdened with blood, there was always a rupture somewhere. And so he longed for leisure, in the hope and thought of which he found relief for his labours. This was the prayer of one who was able to answer the prayers of mankind.
Being Alone, Empire, and Future: You will see that the most powerful and highly placed men let drop remarks in which they long for leisure, acclaim it, and prefer it to all their blessings. They desire at times, if it could be with safety, to descend from their high pinnacle; for, though nothing from without should assail or shatter, Fortune of its very self comes crashing down.8 The deified Augustus, to whom the gods vouchsafed more than to any other man, did not cease to pray for rest and to seek release from public affairs; all his conversation ever reverted to this subject—his hope of leisure. This was the sweet, even if vain, consolation with which he would gladden his labours—that he would one day live for himself. In a letter addressed to the senate, in which he had promised that his rest would not be devoid of dignity nor inconsistent with his former glory, I find these words: "But these matters can be shown better by deeds than by promises. Nevertheless, since the joyful reality is still far distant, my desire for that time most earnestly prayed for has led me to forestall some of its delight by the pleasure of words." So desirable a thing did leisure seem that he anticipated it in thought because he could not attain it in reality. He who saw everything depending upon himself alone, who determined the fortune of individuals and of nations, thought most happily of that future day on which he should lay aside his greatness. He had discovered how much sweat those blessings that shone throughout all lands drew forth, how many secret worries they concealed. Forced to pit arms first against his countrymen, then against his colleagues, and lastly against his relatives, he shed blood on land and sea. Through Macedonia, Sicily, Egypt, Syria, and Asia, and almost all countries he followed the path of battle, and when his troops were weary of shedding Roman blood, he turned them to foreign wars. While he was pacifying the Alpine regions, and subduing the enemies planted in the midst of a peaceful empire, while he was extending its bounds even beyond the Rhine and the Euphrates and the Danube, in Rome itself the swords of Murena, Caepio, Lepidus, Egnatius, and others were being whetted to slay him. Not yet had he escaped their plots, when his daughter9 and all the noble youths who were bound to her by adultery as by a sacred oath, oft alarmed his failing years—and there was Paulus, and a second time the need to fear a woman in league with an Antony.10 When be had cut away these ulcers11 together with the limbs themselves, others would grow in their place; just as in a body that was overburdened with blood, there was always a rupture somewhere. And so he longed for leisure, in the hope and thought of which he found relief for his labours. This was the prayer of one who was able to answer the prayers of mankind.

You will see that the most powerful and highly placed men let drop remarks in which they long for leisure, acclaim it, and prefer it to all ...

Fail, Fall, and Future: I am often filled with wonder when I see some men demanding the time of others and those from whom they ask it most indulgent. Both of them fix their eyes on the object of the request for time, neither of them on the time itself; just as if what is asked were nothing, what is given, nothing. Men trifle with the most precious thing in the world; but they are blind to it because it is an incorporeal thing, because it does not come beneath the sight of the eyes, and for this reason it is counted a very cheap thing—nay, of almost no value at all. Men set very great store by pensions and doles, and for these they hire out their labour or service or effort. But no one sets a value on time; all use it lavishly as if it cost nothing. But see how these same people clasp the knees of physicians if they fall ill and the danger of death draws nearer, see how ready they are, if threatened with capital punishment, to spend all their possessions in order to live! So great is the inconsistency of their feelings. But if each one could have the number of his future years set before him as is possible in the case of the years that have passed, how alarmed those would be who saw only a few remaining, how sparing of them would they be! And yet it is easy to dispense an amount that is assured, no matter how small it may be; but that must be guarded more carefully which will fail you know not when.
Fail, Fall, and Future: I am often filled with wonder when I see some men demanding the time of others and those from whom they ask it most indulgent. Both of them fix their eyes on the object of the request for time, neither of them on the time itself; just as if what is asked were nothing, what is given, nothing. Men trifle with the most precious thing in the world; but they are blind to it because it is an incorporeal thing, because it does not come beneath the sight of the eyes, and for this reason it is counted a very cheap thing—nay, of almost no value at all. Men set very great store by pensions and doles, and for these they hire out their labour or service or effort. But no one sets a value on time; all use it lavishly as if it cost nothing. But see how these same people clasp the knees of physicians if they fall ill and the danger of death draws nearer, see how ready they are, if threatened with capital punishment, to spend all their possessions in order to live! So great is the inconsistency of their feelings. But if each one could have the number of his future years set before him as is possible in the case of the years that have passed, how alarmed those would be who saw only a few remaining, how sparing of them would they be! And yet it is easy to dispense an amount that is assured, no matter how small it may be; but that must be guarded more carefully which will fail you know not when.

I am often filled with wonder when I see some men demanding the time of others and those from whom they ask it most indulgent. Both of them ...

Life, How To, and Live: It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and—what will perhaps make you wonder more—it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.
Life, How To, and Live: It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and—what will perhaps make you wonder more—it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.

It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and—what will perhaps make you wonder more—it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.

Slavery, One, and More: And there’s no state of slavery more disgraceful than one which is self-imposed.
Slavery, One, and More: And there’s no state of slavery more disgraceful than one which is self-imposed.

And there’s no state of slavery more disgraceful than one which is self-imposed.

Who, One, and Man: It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.
Who, One, and Man: It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.

It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who hankers after more.

Time, Set, and You: It takes you more time to solve a problem than to set it.
Time, Set, and You: It takes you more time to solve a problem than to set it.

It takes you more time to solve a problem than to set it.

World, Any Man, and The Master: Any man, who does not think that what he has is more than ample, is an unhappy man, even if he is the master of the whole world.
World, Any Man, and The Master: Any man, who does not think that what he has is more than ample, is an unhappy man, even if he is the master of the whole world.

Any man, who does not think that what he has is more than ample, is an unhappy man, even if he is the master of the whole world.

Crazy, Single, and Another: Could anything be more stupid than to praise a person for something that is not his? Or more crazy than admiring things which in a single moment can be transferred to another?
Crazy, Single, and Another: Could anything be more stupid than to praise a person for something that is not his? Or more crazy than admiring things which in a single moment can be transferred to another?

Could anything be more stupid than to praise a person for something that is not his? Or more crazy than admiring things which in a single mo...

Freedom, Back, and Will: Freedom will bite back more fiercely when suspended than when she remains undisturbed.
Freedom, Back, and Will: Freedom will bite back more fiercely when suspended than when she remains undisturbed.

Freedom will bite back more fiercely when suspended than when she remains undisturbed.

Yeah, Toys, and Asshole: Who are you after? The snarky asshole one. Could you be a little more specific. The one who has a staff and throws their toys out of the pram that one. Ooh. Yeah.
Yeah, Toys, and Asshole: Who are you after? The snarky asshole one. Could you be a little more specific. The one who has a staff and throws their toys out of the pram that one. Ooh. Yeah.

Who are you after? The snarky asshole one. Could you be a little more specific. The one who has a staff and throws their toys out of the pra...