Wealth or Power: Cicero, de Senectute 55

“When the Samnites brought a large mass of gold to Curius as he sat at the hearth, their offer was rejected. Curius said that it seemed to him noble not just to possess gold, but to command those who did.”

Curio ad focum sedenti magnum auri pondus Samnites cum attulissent, repudiati sunt; non enim aurum habere praeclarum sibi videri dixit, sed eis qui haberent aurum imperare.

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