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Marcus Tullius Cicero
0106 - 0043
Roman statesman, orator, author

The existence of virtue depends entirely upon its use.

51 B.C. - from De Re Publica
The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true.

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

52 B.C. - from Pro Milone
Salus populi suprema est lex - the people's good is the highest law.

The aim of justice is to give everyone his due.

Taxes are the sinews of the state.

When a government becomes powerful, it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is a usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance for votes with which to perpetuate itself.

54 B.C.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

from Pro Archia Poeta
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

from De Divinatione
A person who lacks the means, within himself, to live a good and happy life will find any period of his existence wearisome.

from "On Old Age"
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.

Vivere est cogitare. (To think is to live)

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

The more laws, the less justice.