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Cicero
(Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Roman orator and statesman

(106-43 BC)



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Sed nescio quo modo nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum.
There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher.
-- De Divinatione, bk. 2, ch. 119

Salus populi suprema est lex.
The good of the people is the chief law.
-- De Legibus, bk. 3, ch. 8

Summum bonum.
The greatest good.
-- De Officiis, bk. 1, ch. 5

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
In Heaven's name, Catiline, how long will you abuse our patience?
-- In Catilinam speech 1, ch. 1

O tempora, O mores!
Oh, the times! Oh, the manners!
-- In Catilinam speech 1, ch. 1

Abiit, excessit, evasit, eruptit.
He departed, he withdrew, he strode off, he broke forth.
-- In Catilinam speech 2, ch. 1

Civus Romanus sum.
I am a Roman citizen.
-- In Verrem speech 5, ch. 147

Nervos belli, pecuniam infinitam.
The sinews of war, unlimited money.
-- Fifth Philippic, ch. 5

Silent enim leges inter arma.
For laws are silent in the time of war.

Cui bono?
To whose profit?
-- Pro Roscio Amerino, ch. 84 and Pro Milone, ch. 12, sect. 32


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