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Bust by Bertel Thorvaldsen, ca. 1800, after a Roman original

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Quotes of the Day for 3 January 2014 – Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was born at Arpinum in what is now Italy, on this day in 104 BC. His was not a powerful family but he had political ambition and went into law as a path to power. He was elected to every major Roman office (quaestor, aedile, praetor, and consul in turn), each on his first run, and each at the youngest eligible age for the office. He overreached and was banished in 58 BC, barred from political office on his return, but briefly returned to a position of influence after Julius Caesar's murder in 44 BC. Alas, he was himself murdered on Mark Antony's orders in 43 BC. His first love was politics, but he wrote philosophy when he couldn't participate in the political arena.

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The quotes:

I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.

The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Friendship is the only thing in this world, the usefulness of which all mankind are in agreement.

As I approve of a youth who has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man who has something of the youth.

Friendship was given by nature to be an assistant to virtue, not a companion to vice.

Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within.

There is something delectable in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
     All from Cicero, 106 - 43 BC

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