The letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero to several of his friends, 第 3 卷

printed by J. Ballantyne, 1808

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第 174 頁 - ... you may see many a smart rhetorician turning his hat in his hands, moulding it into several different cocks, examining sometimes the lining of it, and sometimes the button, during the whole course of his harangue. A deaf man would think he was cheapening a beaver, when perhaps he is talking of the fate of the British nation.
第 131 頁 - ... of the kingdom would be out of order, and draw a greater and a juster clamour than had been yet : that there was as much care to be taken, that it should not be in the power of any man to refuse it, which would be yet more prejudicial to his majesty.
第 158 頁 - J his ordinary expenses ought to be * " It must be confessed that a pretended affection is not easily discernible from a real one, unless in seasons of distress. For adversity is to friendship what fire is to gold, the only infallible test to discover the genuine from the counterfeit.
第 184 頁 - I admire, which you formerly used to display when your finances were more flourishing, though your farms were not more numerous than at present. Be prepared therefore for my reception accordingly ; and remember you are to entertain a man who has not only a most enormous appetite, but who has some little knowledge, let me tell you, in the science of elegant eating. You know there is a peculiar air of self-sufficiency, that generally distinguishes those who enter late into the study of any art.
第 183 頁 - The temperate and ^inexpensive guest whom you were wont to applaud is now no more: I have bidden a total farewell to all the cares of the patriot, and have joined the professed enemies of my former principles ; in short, I am become an absolute Epicurean.
第 182 頁 - I do not say your guest, but one of your family. You would have found me wonderfully changed from the man I formerly was, when you used to cram me with your cloying...
第 184 頁 - Verrius and Camillus. Nay I am bolder still: and have presumed to give a supper even to Hirtius himself; though, I must own, I could not advance so far as to honour him with a peacock. To tell you the truth, my honest cook had not skill enough to imitate any other part of his splendid entertainments, except only his smoaking soups.
第 156 頁 - ... which are attended with more public advantage, as well as private satisfaction, than all the ambitious exploits, or voluptuous indulgencies, of these licentious victors. The contemplative hours you spend at your Tusculan villa, are, in my estimation, indeed, what alone deserve to be called life; and I would willingly renounce the whole wealth and splendour of the world, to be at liberty to pass my time in the same philosophical manner.
第 55 頁 - ... that if all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of, before that which would fall to them by such a division. — ADDISON. We should learn, by reflecting on the misfortunes which have attended others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourselves.
第 161 頁 - Oenomaus,1 contain a caution altogether unnecessary. For tell me, my friend, what jealousies can I possibly create? Or who will look with envy upon a man in my humble situation? But granting that I were in ever so enviable a state; yet let me observe, that it is the opinion of those philosophers, who alone seem to have understood the true nature of virtue, that a good man is answerable for nothing farther than his own innocence. Now in this respect I think myself doubly irreproachable: in the first...