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  • ''Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Lege Agraria, II, 95.
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  • ''The good of the people is the greatest law.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. De Legibus, bk. 3, ch. 3, sct. 8 (52-45 B.C.).
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  • ''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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  • ''Since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions to vice; and only a madman would conclude that these judgments are matters of opinion, and not fixed by nature.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. De Legibus, bk. 1, ch. 16, sect. 45 (85 A.D.).
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offence.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. De Officiis, bk. 1, ch. 28, sct. 99 (44 B.C.).
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  • ''More law, less justice.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Officiis, I, 33.
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  • ''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).
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