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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Six mistakes mankind keeps making

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Marcus Tullius CiceroSix mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Advice in old age

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Marcus Tullius CiceroAdvice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey’s end.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Ignorance of what occurred before you were born

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Marcus Tullius CiceroTo be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – A nation can survive its fools

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Marcus Tullius CiceroA nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Four causes of misery in old age

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Marcus Tullius CiceroAs I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – What is morally wrong can never. . .

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Marcus Tullius CiceroWhat is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – The magistrate is a speaking law

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Marcus Tullius CiceroYou understand, then, that the function of a magistrate is to govern, and to give commands which are just and beneficial and in conformity with the law. For as the laws govern the magistrate, so the magistrate governs the people, and it can truly be said that the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law a silent magistrate.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)
De Legibus

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