Monday, April 29, 2013

Quote of the Week

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have oneCato the Elder (234-149 BC)
Marcus Porcius Cato, a Roman Statesman, went by many names such as Sapiens (the wise), Priscus (the ancient) or Major. The "Elder" was added to his name to distinguish him from his grandson of the same name. 
He was not only a soldier and a statesman, but also an author and historian. His only surviving work, however, is a manual on agriculture which dealt with all aspects of farming, even including recipes. 
This quote seems to speak for itself.  It is better to live admirably and not be recognized publicly than for people to question why you received any recognition in the first place.

8 comments:

  1. "t is better to live admirably and not be recognized publicly than for people to question why you received any recognition in the first place."

    I totally agree with that.

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  2. Meleah- Thanks! This one was very clear cut.

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  3. As long as I'm remembered by my family and friends, I'm okay with the lack of a monument. :)

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  4. I had to think about that one! VERY VERY GOOD! I don't want a monument... just tons and tons of grandchildren. :)

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  5. Ooh, this is a tough one for someone who's ultimate goal in life is world domination. But I suppose it is *somewhat* valid. :-)

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  6. Hi Linda .. what a great thought - so wise, as he apparently was - yet he managed to be remembered for 2,200 years already! I shall just hit the dust I think ...

    cheers Hilary

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  7. Where do you find these quotes? This a great one and I loved your mini-history lesson about Cato the Elder.

    I agree with Talon's comment:~)

    Hope all is well with you!

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  8. Talon- Yeah, me too.

    Katherine- I like to make people think. ;)

    Nicky- Well, if you manage world domination, I imagine you'll get one.

    Hilary- I think there was a great deal of wisdom in the ancient ones.

    Sara- I have a number of online sources. The challenge is finding just the right one at the right time. I'm doing OK, just busy.

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