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Cato der Ältere

Geburtstag: 234 v.Chr
Todesdatum: 149 v.Chr
Andere Namen:Marcus Porcius Cato,Marcus Porcius St. Cato,Марк Порций Катон Старший


Marcus Porcius Cato Censorius, genannt Cato der Ältere, auch Cato der Censor , war römischer Feldherr, Geschichtsschreiber, Schriftsteller und Staatsmann. Er gilt bis in unsere heutige Zeit als Musterbeispiel eines römischen Konservativen.

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„Den Augenblick, sowie sie anfangen, euch gleich zu sein, werden sie eure Herren sein.“

— Cato der Ältere
über die Frauen, Rede gegen die Aufhebung des Oppischen Gesetzes (195 v. Chr.), überliefert durch Titus Livius, Römische Geschichte, Buch 34, 3


„Von mir aus sei es jedem erlaubt, was er hat zu nutzen und zu genießen.“

— Cato der Ältere
Überliefert durch Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae XIII, XXIV

„When you have decided to purchase a farm, be careful not to buy rashly; do not spare your visits and be not content with a single tour of inspection. The more you go, the more will the place please you, if it be worth your attention. Give heed to the appearance of the neighbourhood, - a flourishing country should show its prosperity. "When you go in, look about, so that, when needs be, you can find your way out."“

— Cato the Elder
Of buying a farm; Cited in (1825) An Encyclopædia of Agriculture. Part 1. p. 14 Loudon commented: In the time of Cato the Censor, the author of The Husbandry of the Ancients observed, though the operations of agriculture were generally performed by servants, yet the great men among the Roman continued to give particular attention to it, studied its improvement, and were very careful and exact in the management of nil their country affairs. This appears from the directions given them by this most attentive farmer. Those great men had both houses in town, and villas in the country; and, as they resided frequently in town, the management of their country affairs was committed to a or overseer. Now their attention to the culture of their land and to every other branch of husbandry, appears, from the directions given them how to behave upon their arrival from the city at their villas.

„Hairy in front, opportunity is bald behind.“

— Cato the Elder
Disticha, Bk. ii, No. 26. The Distichs of Cato were long attributed to Cato the Elder but probably are the work of a much later author called Dionysius Cato from the 3rd or 4th century A.D.

„Sometimes quoted as Carthago delenda est.“

— Cato the Elder
Moreover, I consider that Carthage should be destroyed. Cato was convinced that the security of Rome depended on the annihilation of Carthage and he urged his countrymen to the Third Punic War. Towards the end of his life he ended all of his speeches in the Roman senate with these words.


„I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.“

— Cato the Elder
Attributed to Cato in [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2008.01.0013%3Achapter%3D19 Plutarch, Parallel Lives 19:4]. Original Greek: ‘μᾶλλον γὰρ,’ ἔφη, ‘βούλομαι ζητεῖσθαι, διὰ τί μου ἀνδριὰς οὐ κεῖται ἢ διὰ τί κεῖται’


„Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.“

— Cato the Elder
Plutarch's Life of Cato Variant: Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.

„Grasp the subject, the words will follow.“

— Cato the Elder
Cato's advice to orators (as quoted in Julius Victor, Art of Rhetoric. p. 197, Orell.; see also Wilhelm Sigismund Teuffel, Teuffel's History of Roman literature, Vol. 1 (1873), p. 158) Cf. Dionysius Halicarnassensis, De Isocrate, ch. 12: "βούλεται δὲ ἡ φύσις τοῖς νοήμασιν ἕπεσθαι τὴν λέξιν, οὐ τῇ λέξει τὰ νοήματα." [Νature has it that style is in the service of thought, not the other way around.] Variant translations: Stick to your subject, and words will follow. Get hold of the matter, the words will come of themselves. Lay hold of the subject, and the words will follow. Keep to the subject and the words will come. Grasp the point, the words will follow. Seize the subject; the words will follow. Stick to the point; the words will follow. Master the facts; the words will follow. Lay hold of the substance, the words will follow. Hold fast to the matter, the words will come. Hang onto your meaning, and the words will come. Have a grip of your theme and the words will come. Hold the idea and the words will follow. Stick to the meaning, and the words will take care of themselves.

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