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Cato on achieving maximum profit

 
Friday, September 10, 2010, 22:34 - Jokes and anecdotes
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In his Essay on Duties, Marcus Tullius Cicero tells a story about Cato the Elder.

One day Cato was asked, what is the most profitable aspect of property ownership? Cato answered, "Raising livestock with great success." He was then asked about the second most profitable aspect of ownership. "Raising livestock with some success," he answered. And what about the third most profitable aspect? "Raising livestock with little success." And the fourth? "Raising crops." Then his questioner asked, "What about money-lending?" Cato replied, "What about murder?"

Via McKeown's "A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire". Certainly heard this anecdote several times before, but like it nonetheless.

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