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  • ''The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. Philippics, oration 5, sct. 5 (44-43 B.C.).
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  • ''Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Phillippica, XII, ii, 5.
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  • ''O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are, but also because you do not know how wretched you are!''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Phillippica, XIII, xvii, 34.
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  • ''According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pomponius.
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  • ''I believe that no characteristic is so distinctively human as the sense of indebtedness we feel, not necessarily for a favor received, but even for the slightest evidence of kindness; and there is nothing so boorish, savage, inhuman as to appear to be overwhelmed by a favor, let alone unworthy of it.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Archia Poeta.
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  • ''These studies which stimulate the young, divert the old, are an ornament in prosperity and a refuge and comfort in adversity; they delight us at home, are no impediment in public life, keep us company at night, in our travels, and whenever we retire to the country.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Archia Poeta, 14.
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  • ''Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Flacco, fragment.
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  • ''Just what is the civil law? What neither influence can affect, nor power break, nor money corrupt: were it to be suppressed or even merely ignored or inadequately observed, no one would feel safe about anything, whether his own possessions, the inheritance he expects from his father, or the bequests he makes to his children.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Gallio, fragment.
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  • ''In time of war the laws are silent.''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Pro Lilone, 11.
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  • ''To whose gain? [Cui bono]''
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. Pro Milone, ch. 12, sct. 32 (44-43 B.C.). quoting the tribune L. Cassius Longinus, when urging the voters how to decide; the phrase is often misapplied as meaning "what's the good?"
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