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But you can be president

December 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“If you do not know where you come from, you will always be a child.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Where’s the market for that?

April 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“Neither goodness nor generosity nor courtesy can exist, any more than friendship can, if they are not sought of and for themselves, but are cultivated only for the sake of sensual pleasure or personal advantage.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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The limits of happily-ever-after

April 17th, 2013 · No Comments

“Even if those generations of men to come should care to hand down, in succession from father to son, the glory of each one of us; yet, still, owing to the deluges and conflagrations of the earth, which must happen periodically, we cannot acquire a lasting, much less an eternal renown. What does it matter […]

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Now you see it, now you

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments

“Away, then, with sharp practice and trickery, which desires, of course, to pass for wisdom, but is far from it and totally unlike it. For the function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil; whereas, inasmuch as all things morally wrong are evil, trickery prefers the evil to the good.” – Marcus Tullius […]

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Put down that waterboard!

March 31st, 2013 · No Comments

“Let it be set down as an established principle, then, that what is morally wrong can never be expedient — not even when one secures by means of it that which one thinks expedient; for the mere act of thinking a course expedient, when it is morally wrong, is demoralizing.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De […]

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We could call it Facebook

March 30th, 2013 · No Comments

“Supposing that we were bound to everything that our friends desired, such relations would have to be accounted not friendships but conspiracies.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Probably

March 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“If nobody were to know or even to suspect the truth, when you do anything to gain riches or power or sovereignty or sensual gratification — if your act should be hidden for ever from the knowledge of gods and men, would you do it?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Politics as usual

March 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“It is the error of men who are not strictly upright to seize upon something that seems to be expedient and straightway to dissociate that from the question of moral right. To this error the assassin’s dagger, the poisoned cup, the forged wills owe their origin; this gives rise to theft, embezzlement of public funds, […]

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Even the little ones are juicy

March 26th, 2013 · No Comments

“Among evils one ought not only to choose the least, but also to extract even from these any element of good that they may contain.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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When in Rome…

March 24th, 2013 · No Comments

“As for property, it is a duty to make money, but only by honourable means; it is a duty also to save it and increase it by care and thrift.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Walking the fine line

March 24th, 2013 · No Comments

“Individual health is preserved by studying one’s own constitution, by observing what is good or bad for one, by constant self-control in supplying physical wants and comforts (but only to the extent necessary to selfpreservation), by forgoing sensual pleasures, and finally, by the professional skill of those to whose science these matters belong.” – Marcus […]

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A balancing act

March 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

“Those whose office it is to look after the interests of the state will refrain from that form of liberality which robs one man to enrich another. Above all, they will use their best endeavours that everyone shall be protected in the possession of his own property by the fair administration of the law and […]

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Banking on it

March 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

“We must take measures that there shall be no indebtedness of a nature to endanger the public safety. It is a menace that can be averted in many ways; but should a serious debt be incurred, we are not to allow the rich to lose their property, while the debtors profit by what is their […]

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Divided and conquered

March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

“This is the highest statesmanship and the soundest wisdom on the part of a good citizen, not to divide the interests of the citizens but to unite all on the basis of impartial justice.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Within certain limits

March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

“It is the peculiar function of the state and the city to guarantee to every man the free and undisturbed control of his own particular property.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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What money can’t buy

March 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“The moral sense of to-day is demoralized and depraved by our worship of wealth. Of what concern to any one of us is the size of another man’s fortune? It is, perhaps, an advantage to its possessor; but not always even that. But suppose it is; he may, to be sure, have more money to […]

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More than 47 percent

March 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“If one defends a man who is poor but honest and upright, all the lowly who are not dishonest — and there is a large proportion of that sort among the people — look upon such an advocate as a tower of defence raised up for them. I think, therefore, that kindness to the good […]

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The business of charity

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

“Now in rendering helpful service to people, we usually consider either their character or their circumstances. And so it is an easy remark, and one commonly made, to say that in investing kindnesses we look not to people’s outward circumstances, but to their character. The phrase is admirable! But who is there, pray, that does […]

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Not commerce as we now know it

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

“It will, moreover, befit a gentleman to be at the same time liberal in giving and not inconsiderate in exacting his dues, but in every business relation — in buying or selling, in hiring or letting, in relations arising out of adjoining houses and lands — to be fair, reasonable, often freely yielding much of […]

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Assuming we know the bees’ motives

March 17th, 2013 · No Comments

“As swarms of bees do not gather for the sake of making honeycomb but make the honeycomb because they are gregarious by nature, so human beings — and to a much higher degree — exercise their skill together in action and thought because they are naturally gregarious. And so, if that virtue which centres in […]

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Not a rhetorical question

March 17th, 2013 · No Comments

“Who is so absorbed in the investigation and study of creation, but that, even though he were working and pondering over tasks never so much worth mastering and even though he thought he could number the stars and measure the length and breadth of the universe, he would drop all those problems and cast them […]

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Keeping it simple

March 16th, 2013 · No Comments

“It is our duty to respect, defend, and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship subsisting between all the members of the human race.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Pre-lingual, perhaps

March 16th, 2013 · No Comments

“What sort of mental habit, or rather what sort of life would that be which should dispense with all rules for reasoning or even for living?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Where is virtue to be found?

March 15th, 2013 · No Comments

“If we are looking for mental enjoyment and relaxation, what pleasure can be compared with the pursuits of those who are always studying out something that will tend toward and effectively promote a good and happy life? Or, if regard is had for strength of character and virtue, then this is the method by which […]

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Can’t think of anything

March 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“What, in the name of heaven, is more to be desired than wisdom? What is more to be prized?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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And can lead to heads on pikes

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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Justice, the great leveller

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Men of high moral character were made kings in order that the people might enjoy justice. For, as the masses in their helplessness were oppressed by the strong, they appealed for protection to some one man who was conspicuous for his virtue; and, as he shielded the weaker classes from wrong, he managed by establishing […]

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Such as our recent history can demonstrate

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“The greater our prosperity, moreover, the more should we seek the counsel of friends, and the greater the heed that should be given to their advice. Under such circumstances also we must beware of lending an ear to sycophants or allowing them to impose upon us with their flattery. For it is easy in this […]

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You can check your ego at the door on your way out

March 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“When fortune smiles and the stream of life flows according to our wishes, let us diligently avoid all arrogance, haughtiness, and pride. For it is as much a sign of weakness to give way to one’s feelings in success as it is in adversity. But it is a fine thing to keep an unruffled temper, […]

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Assuming we have one

March 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“Regal powers and military commands, nobility of birth and political office, wealth and influence, and their opposites depend upon chance and are, therefore, controlled by circumstances. But what role we ourselves may choose to sustain is decided by our own free choice.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller)

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