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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Cornelia
 
        [A Roman matron, eminent for her virtues and mental cultivation; the daughter of P. Scipio Africanus, and wife of T. Sempronius Gracchus.]
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These are my jewels!
          To a Campanian lady, who, on a visit to the mother of the Gracchi, displayed her jewels somewhat ostentatiously, and wished to see those of Cornelia; the latter turned the conversation until her sons had returned from school, and then presented them.
        “Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say,
When the rich casket shone in bright array,—
  ‘These are my jewels!’”
ROGERS: Human Life.    
  Constantius, the father of Constantine the Great, once said, “My treasures are my friends;” and the wife of Phocion, when asked where her jewels were, replied, “My jewels are my husband and his triumphs.”
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