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Cicero


Also known by the anglicized name Tully, in and after the Middle Ages, was an orator and statesman of Ancient Rome.
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In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done.
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True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions.
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Equidem ad paceni hortari non desino; quae vel iniusta utilior est quam iustissimum bellum cum civibus.




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Quam cum suavissima et maxima voce legisset, admirantibus omnibus "quanto" inquit "magis miraremini, si audissetis ipsum!"
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Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
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Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
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The freedom of poetic license.
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Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea laudi.
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That, Senators, is what a favour from gangs amounts to. They refrain from murdering someone; then they boast that they have spared him!
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Come now: Do we really think that the gods are everywhere called by the same names by which they are addressed by us? But the gods have as many names as there are languages among humans. For it is not with the gods as with you: you are Velleius wherever you go, but Vulcan is not Vulcan in Italy and in Africa and in Spain.
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Non nobis solum nati sumus.




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On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammeled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.
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A friend is, as it were, a second self.
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Nervos belli, pecuniam.
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Ludo autem et ioco uti illo quidem licet, sed sicut somno et quietibus ceteris tum, cum gravibus seriisque rebus satis fecerimus.
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Nam cum sint duo genera decertandi, unum per disceptationem, alterum per vim, cumque illud proprium sit hominis, hoc beluarum, confugiendum est ad posterius, si uti non licet superiore.
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For as lack of adornment is said to become some women, so this subtle oration, though without embellishment, gives delight.
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Genius is fostered by energy.
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Quidem concessum est rhetoribus ementiri in historiis ut aliquid dicere possint argutius.
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"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the 'new, wonderful good society' which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean 'more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'"


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