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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Roman
Date of Birth: 106 BC
Date of Death: 43 BC




 

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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
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In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
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While all other things are uncertain, evanescent, and ephemeral, virtue alone is fixed with deep roots;it can neither be overthrown by any violence or moved from its place.
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A man of courage is also full of faith.
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A letter does not blush.
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The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if Rome doesn't want to become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
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We are born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.
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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
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Let reason govern desire.
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Inhumanity is harmful in every age. - Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est.
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Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
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If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.
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It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
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Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts, it is something celestial and divine.
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I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
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There are many degrees in excellence.
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The beauty of the world and the orderly arrangement of everything celestial makes us confess that there is an excellent and eternal nature, which ought to be worshiped and admired by all mankind.
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We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
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Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
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Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
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Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
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We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free.
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No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
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Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.
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Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens and to place it in cities, and even to introduce it into homesand compel it to inquire about life and standards and goods and evils.
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