Reading Joseph Addison’s “Cato: A Tragedy.” A few of my favorite parts:
Honour’s a sacred tie, the law of kings,
The noble mind’s distinguishing perfection,
That aids and strengthens Virtue where it meets her,
And imitates her actions where she is not
Not all the pomp and majesty of Rome
Can raise her senate more than Cato’s presence
I’ll thunder in their ears their country’s cause,
And try to rouse up all that’s Roman in them.
‘Tis not in mortals power to command success,
But we’ll do more, Sempronius — we’ll deserve it.