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Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)
Roman author, orator, & politician [more author details]
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No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.
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Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
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Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
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Our thoughts are free.
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Reason should direct and appetite obey.
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Strain every nerve to gain your point.
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Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
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The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
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The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness.
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The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
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The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.
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The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.
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The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
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The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
(Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex)
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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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There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.
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There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.
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To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.
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To each his own.
(Suum Cuique)
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We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
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