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Quotes of the Day for 3 January 2001 – Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was born on this day in 106 BC, with the large number of entries he contributed to our database it feels right to mark the occasion with a selection from this great Roman orator, politician, and, magistrate. None seems less appropriate today than it would have in the time of Julius Caesar.

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The quotes:

There is nothing which wings its flight so swiftly as calumny, nothing is uttered with more ease; nothing is listened to with more readiness, nothing disbursed more widely.

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.

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.

No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the hightest good.

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
     - All quotes today are from Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 - 43 BC


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