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Cicero (Politician)

For there is but one essentialwhich cements , and onewhich establishes this justice. This law is right , which is the trueof all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, isunjust and wicked.
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strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.
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Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
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O tempora, o mores!
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Prima enim sequentem honestum est in secundis tertiisque consistere. ()
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Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas hominis, nisi ea memoria rerum veterum cum superiorum aetate contexitur? ()
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Time heals all wounds.
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We are not born, we do not live for ourselves alone; our country, our friends, have a share in us.
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Summum ius, summa iniuria
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Non nobis solum nati sumus.
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Non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici.
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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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In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done.
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For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.
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Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea laudi.
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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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Diem adimere aegritudinem hominibus.
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He is never less at leisure than when at leisure.
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A friend is, as it were, a second self.
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The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.
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Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
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Hannibal ad portas
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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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Quidem concessum est rhetoribus ementiri in historiis ut aliquid dicere possint argutius.
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Genius is fostered by energy.
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Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit.
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Being and appearing grateful is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
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Nec vero [...] superstitione tollenda religio tollitur.
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Sed nescio quo modo nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum
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Non enim omnis error stultitia est dicenda.
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Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events.
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Let the punishment match the offense.
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Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto.
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Suum cuique.
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Nervos belli, pecuniam.
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Inter arma enim silent leges
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History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Cicero life
The freedom of poetic license.
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Quam cum suavissima et maxima voce legisset, admirantibus omnibus "quanto" inquit "magis miraremini, si audissetis ipsum!"
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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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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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A war is never undertaken by the ideal State, except in defense of its honor or its safety.
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Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
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Can you also, Lucullus, affirm that there is any power united with wisdom and prudence which has made, or, to use your own expression, manufactured man? What sort of a manufacture is that? Where is it exercised? when? why? how?
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For with what eyes of the mind was yourable to see that workhouse of such stupendous toil, in which he makes the world to be modelled and built by God? What materials, what bars, what machines, what servants, were employed in so vast a work? How could the air, fire, water, and earth, pay obedience and submit to the will of the architect? From whence arose those five forms, of which the rest were composed, so aptly contributing to frame the mind and produce the senses? It is tedious to go through all, as they are of such a sort that they look more like things to be desired than to be discovered.
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Nos autem beatam vitam in animi securitate et in omnium vacatione munerum ponimus.
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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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Omnium Rerum Principia Parva Sunt."
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Laudandum adulescentem, ornandum, tollendum.
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Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit.
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Una navis est iam bonorum omnium.
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Civis Romanus sum.
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As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.
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Equidem ad paceni hortari non desino; quae vel iniusta utilior est quam iustissimum bellum cum civibus.
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The peoples good is the highest law.
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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Cicero life
A: I will now follow Reason whithersoever she shall lead me.Book II, Chapter V; translation of Andrew P. Peadbody
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Note: Cicero was telling the story of Æschines return to Rhodes, at which he was requested to deliver Demosthenes defence of Ctesiphon.
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A: Dolorem existimo maximum malorum omnium. M: Etiamne malus quam dedecus? A: Non audeo id dicere equidem, et me pudet tam cito de sententia esse deiectam. M: Magis esset pudendum, si in sententia permaneres.A: I think pain the greatest of all evils. M: Greater than disgrace ? A: That indeed I dare not affirm; and yet I am ashamed to be so soon thrown down from my position. M: It would have been a greater shame to have maintained it.Book II, Chapter V; translation by Andrew P. Peabody
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Omnium autem rerum nec aptius est quicquam ad opes tuendas ac tenendas quam diligi nec alienius quam timeri.But of all motives, none is better adapted to secure influence and hold it fast than love; nothing is more foreign to that end than fear.Book II, section 7; translation by Walter Miller
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The wise are instructed by reason ordinary minds by experience the stupid, by necessity and brutes by instinct.
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But of all motives, none is better adapted to secure influence and hold it fast than love; nothing is more foreign to that end than fear.Book II, section 7; translation by Walter Miller
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Compare: While theres life there’s hope, and only the dead have none. Theocritus, Idyll 4, line 42; as translated A. S. F. Gow
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Diseases of the mind are more common and more pernicious than diseases of the body.Book III, Chapter III
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For such is the work of philosophy: it cures souls, draws off vain anxieties, confers freedom from desires, drives away fears.Book II, Chapter IV; translation by Andrew P. Peabody
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Force overcome by force.Pro Milone, Chapter XI, section 30 Variant translation: Violence conquered by violence.
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That which stands first, and is most to be desired by all happy, honest and healthy-minded men, is dignified leisure.Pro Publio Sestio; Chapter XLV
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The two conditions that lead others to languor – i.e. leisure and solitude – him made sharper.Book III, section 1
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Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
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Equidem ad pacem hortari non desino; quae vel iniusta utilior est quam iustissimum bellum cum civibus.As for me, I cease not to advocate peace. It may be on unjust terms, but even so it is more expedient than the justest of civil wars.Epistulae ad Atticum Letters to Atticus Book VII, Letter 14, section 3; as translated by E.O. Winstedt in the Loeb Classical Library
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Est profecto animi medicina, philosophia; cuius auxilium non ut in corporis morbis petendum est foris, omnibusque opibus viribus, ut nosmet ipsi nobis mederi possimus, elaborandum est.Philosophy is certainly the medicine of the soul. Its aid is to be sought not from without, as in diseases of the body; and we must labour with all our resources and with all our strength to cure ourselves.Book III, Chapter III; translation by Walter Miller
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Etenim, iudices, cum omnibus virtutibus me adfectum esse cupio, tum nihil est quod malim quam me et esse gratum et videri. Haec enim est una virtus non solum maxima sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquarum.In truth, O judges, while I wish to be adorned with every virtue, yet there is nothing which I can esteem more highly than being and appearing grateful. For this one virtue is not only the greatest, but is also the parent of all the other virtues.Pro Plancio 54 B.C.
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Historia vero testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis, qua voce alia nisi oratoris immortalitati commendatur?History is truely the witness of times past, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity; whose voice, but the orators, can entrust her to immortality?De Oratore Book II; Chapter IX, section 36
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Id quod est praestantissimum, maximeque optabile omnibus sanis et bonis et beatis, cum dignitate otium.That which stands first, and is most to be desired by all happy, honest and healthy-minded men, is dignified leisure.Pro Publio Sestio; Chapter XLV
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M: Nam efficit hoc philosophia: medetur animis, inanes sollicitudines detrahit, cupiditatibus liberat, pellit timores.For such is the work of philosophy: it cures souls, draws off vain anxieties, confers freedom from desires, drives away fears.Book II, Chapter IV; translation by Andrew P. Peabody
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Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit.Almost no one dances sober, unless he is insane.Pro Murena Chapter VI, sec. 13
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O di immortales! non intellegunt homines, quam magnum vectigal sit parsimonia.O immortal gods! Men do not realize how great a revenue parsimony can be!Paradoxa Stoicorum; Paradox VI, 49
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O immortal gods! Men do not realize how great a revenue parsimony can be!Paradoxa Stoicorum; Paradox VI, 49
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Philosophy is certainly the medicine of the soul. Its aid is to be sought not from without, as in diseases of the body; and we must labour with all our resources and with all our strength to cure ourselves.Book III, Chapter III; translation by Walter Miller
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There is said to be hope for a sick man, as long as there is life.Epistulae ad Atticum Letters to Atticus Book IX, Letter X, section 3 Often paraphrased as: Dum anima est, spes est While there is life there is hope Compare: While theres life there’s hope, and only the dead have none. Theocritus, Idyll 4, line 42; as translated A. S. F. Gow
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Thus they are destitute of that very lovely and exquisitely natural friendship, which is an object of desire in itself and for itself, nor can they learn from themselves how valuable and powerful such a friendship is. For each man loves himself, not that he may get from himself some reward for his own affection, but because each one is of himself dear to himself. And unless this same feeling be transferred to friendship, a true friend will never be found; for a true friend is one who is, as it were, a second self.Section 80; translation by J. F. Stout
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Variant translation: Constant practice given to one matter often conquers both genius and art.Pro Balbo, section 45
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