In illo viro, tantum robur corporis et animi fuit, ut quocunque loco natus esset, fortunam sibi facturus videreturIn that man there was such oaken strength of body and mind, that whatever his rank by birth might have been, he gave promise of attaining the highest place in the lists of fortune. Of Cato the elder.
Huic versatile ingenium sic pariter ad omnia fait, ut natum ad id unum diceres, quodcunque ageretThis mans genius was so versatile, so equal to every pursuit, that you would pronounce him to have been born for whatever thing he was engaged on. On the elder Cato.
Justum bellum quibus necessarium, et pia arma quibus nulla nisi in armis relinquitur spesWar is just to those to whom it is necessary; and to take up arms is a sacred duty with those who have no other hope left.
Parva sunt hæc; sed parva ista non contemnendo majores nostri maximam hanc rem feceruntThese are small things; but it was by not despising these small things that our forefathers made the commonwealth so great.