‘Tis not in mortals to command success; but we’ll do more, Sempronius, we’ll deserve it.

Cato, Act I, Scene 2 (1712)
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‘T ‘s pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul;
I think the Romans call it stoicism.

The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
And feed me with a shepherd’s care;
His presence shall my wants supply,
And guard me with a watchful eye.

Were you with these, my prince, you ‘d soon forget
The pale, unripened beauties of the north.

‘We are always doing’, says he, ‘something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.’

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover,
Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense.

Cato. Act i. Sc. 4.