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degree of wisdom are equally foolish and vicious, as those who are two inches under water.


The sovereign good. Dispute about the sovereign good.Ut sis contentus temetipso et ex te nascentibus bonis.[1] There is a contradiction, for in the end they advise suicide. Oh! What a happy life, from which we are to free ourselves as from the plague!


Ex senatus-consultis et plebiscitis

To ask like passages.


Ex senatus-consultis et plebiscitis scelera exercentur. Sen. 588.[2]

Nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum.[3] Divin.

Quibusdam destinatis sententiis consecrati quæ non probant coguntur defendere.[4] Cic.

Ut omnium rerum sic litterarum quoque intemperantia laboramus.[5] Senec.

Id maxime quemque decet, quod est cujusque suum maxime.[6]

Hos natura modos primum dedit.[7]

Paucis opus est litteris ad bonam mentem.[8]

Si quando turpe non sit, tamen non est non turpe quum id ab multitudine laudetur.[9]

Mihi sic usus est, tibi ut opus est facto, fac.[10] Ter.

  1. "That you may be contented with yourself and the good things that spring from you."―Seneca.
  2. "Decrees of the senate and of the people are responsible for crimes."
  3. "Nothing can be said so absurd that it may not be said by some philosopher."―Cicero.
  4. "Those who are given over to certain preconceived ideas are forced to defend what they cannot prove."
  5. "In literature as in all things, we labor in excess."
  6. "That becomes any one best which is most his own."―Cicero.
  7. "Nature first gave those customs."―Virgil.
  8. "For the good mind few books are necessary."
  9. "If perchance a thing is not base, it does not escape baseness by being praised by the crowd."
  10. "That is my custom; you must do as necessity bids."