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Engrave this Quote As for myself, may the sweet Muses, as Virgil says, bear me away to their holy places where sacred streams do flow, beyond the reach of anxiety and care, and free from the obligation of performing each day some task that goes against the grain. May I no longer have anything to do with the mad racket and the hazards of the forum, or tremble as I try a fall with white-faced Fame. I do not want to be roused from sleep by the clatter of morning callers or by some breathless messenger from the palace; I do not care, in drawing my will, to give a money-pledge for its safe execution through anxiety as to what is to happen afterwards; I wish for no larger estate than I can leave to the heir of my own free choice. Some day or other the last hour will strike also for me, and my prayer is that my effigy may be set up beside my grave, not grim and scowling, but all smiles and garlands, and that no one shall seek to honour my memory either by a motion in the senate or by a petition to the Emperor.
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Absence
Engrave this Quote Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
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Adversity
Engrave this Quote Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
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Engrave this Quote We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
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Age
Engrave this Quote Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
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Assassination
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Bravery
Engrave this Quote Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
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Engrave this Quote The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.
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Engrave this Quote If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.
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Character
Engrave this Quote Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
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Charisma
Engrave this Quote Things forbidden have a secret charm.
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City Life, Cities
Engrave this Quote All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
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Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
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Empire
Engrave this Quote To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.
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Family
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Fear
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Fortune
Engrave this Quote It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
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Engrave this Quote Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
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Guilt
Engrave this Quote Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
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Health
Engrave this Quote All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.
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History
Engrave this Quote Posterity gives every man his true value.
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Engrave this Quote In all things there is a law of cycles.
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Humility
Engrave this Quote When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
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