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  • ''The highest good. [summum bonum.]''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator and philosopher. De Officiis, bk. 1, ch. 5 (44 B.C.).
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  • ''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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  • ''Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, I, 129.
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  • ''The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 200.
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  • ''I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator and philosopher. De Oratore, bk. 3, sct. 142 (55 B.C.).
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  • ''Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 100.
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  • ''For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De partitione oratoria, 57.
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  • ''Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De republica, III, 34.
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  • ''Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De re publica, 35.
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  • ''Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De re publica, VI, xxiv, 26.
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