Cato Maior, De Suis Virtutibus fr. 128: Ego iam a principio

by Tom Gardner

Ego iam a principio in parsimonia atque in duritia atque industria omnem adulescentiam meam abstinui agro colendo, saxis Sabinis silicibus repastinandis atque conserendis.

I spent my whole youth, from the very beginning, in thrift and hardship and industry, scrimping and saving when tilling the land, digging and sowing over the rocks in Sabine fields.