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What have we learned ? Nothing !

2066 years later,

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Cicero55 BC So what have we learned in 2,066 years?

Apparently nothing.

Cicero Quotes

Marcus Tullius Cicero, after whom Teuffel name...

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

“In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done.”

“Genius is fostered by energy.”

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

“We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.”

“There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.”

“Let the punishment match the offense.”

“The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.”

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”

“No sane man will dance.”

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions.”

“A war is never undertaken by the ideal State, except in defense of its honor or its safety.”

“Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.”

“The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.”

“If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.”

“To be ignorant of the past is to forever be a child.”

The Republic is a common law and the common good.”

“Let your desires be ruled by reason.”

“It is a great thing to know our vices.”

“Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.”

“Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”

“Strain every nerve to gain your point.”

“The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.”

“There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.”

“We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.”

“We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.”

“Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?”
 
 

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