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  • 31.
    Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Murena, 36.
  • 32.
    We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Murena, 76.

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  • 33.
    Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, II, 62.

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  • 34.
    No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. XIV, 20, 3.
  • 35.
    It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, XXX, 4, 7 (quoted by Ammianus Marcellinus).
  • 36.
    More law, less justice.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, I, 33.

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  • 37.
    The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, I, 153.
  • 38.
    Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, II, 34.
  • 39.
    We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De legibus, I, vii, 23.
  • 40.
    Law is the highest reason implanted in Nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De legibus, I, vi, 8.

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