Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
A man’s qualities are not divisible among his heirs.
Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him.
We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
Fabius has bequeathed you nothing, Bithynicus, although you used to present him yearly, if I remember right, with six thousand sesterces… By dying he has at least saved you six thousand.
If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.
When you leave money in your will, leave it fairly to your parents and family.
If you want to see what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and see who comes to your funeral.
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is one thing. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is a genuine pleasure.