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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.


  • [A Roman matron, eminent for her virtues and mental cultivation; the daughter of P. Scipio Africanus, and wife of T. Sempronius Gracchus.]
  • These are my jewels!

  • To a Campanian lady, who, on a visit to the mother of the Gracchi, displayed her jewels somewhat ostentatiously, and wished to see those of Cornelia; the latter turned the conversation until her sons had returned from school, and then presented them.
  • “Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say,
  • When the rich casket shone in bright array,—
  • ‘These are my jewels!’”
  • ROGERS: Human Life.
  • Constantius, the father of Constantine the Great, once said, “My treasures are my friends;” and the wife of Phocion, when asked where her jewels were, replied, “My jewels are my husband and his triumphs.”