(365-408), Latin poet
The people are fashioned according to the example of their king; and edicts are of less power than the model which his life exhibits.
Mercifulness makes us equal to the gods.
What profits us, that we from heaven derive a soul immortal, and with looks erect survey the stars, if, like the brutal kind, we follow where our passions lead the way?
He is next to the gods whom reason and not passion impels.