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Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC; sometimes anglicized as Tully) was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.

His influence on the Latin language was so immense that the subsequent history of prose in not only Latin but European languages up to the 19th century was said to be either a reaction against or a return to his style. According to Michael Grant, "the influence of Cicero upon the history of European literature and ideas greatly exceeds that of ... more »

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  • ''Nothing is so difficult to believe that oratory cannot make it acceptable, nothing so rough and uncultured as not to gain brilliance and refinement from eloquence.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. 3.
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  • ''Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. 49.
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  • ''Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Celsus, Digesta, I, 3, 18.
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  • ''No obligation to do the impossible is binding.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Celsus, Digesta, L, 17.
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  • ''To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Celsus, Digesta, I, 3, 17.
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