Habitares

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M. Cato ille censorius, cum vidisset hominem honestum e fornice exeuntem, laudavit existimans libidinem compescendam esse sine crimine. at postea cum frequentius eum ex eodem lupanari exeuntem advertisset, “Adolescens,” inquit, “ego te laudavi, quod interdum huc venires, non quod hic habitares.”
(Porphyrio, Scholia in Horatii Sermones 1.2.31)

The famous censor Marcus Cato, when he had seen an honorable man coming out of a brothel, praised him, thinking that lust should be checked legally. Later, however, when he noticed him coming out of the same brothel quite frequently, he said, “Young man, I praised you for coming here occasionally, not for living here.” (tr. Karla Pollmann)

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