The Treatises of M.T. Cicero: On the Nature of the Gods; On Divination; On Fate; On the Republic; On the Laws; and On Standing for the Consulship

H. G. Bohn, 1853 - 510 páginas

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Página 395 - ... Of Law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world; all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power; both angels and men and creatures of what condition soever, though each in different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent, admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.
Página 151 - For there, emboss'd, the heavenly smith had wrought (Not in the rolls of future fate untaught) The wars in order, and the race divine Of warriors issuing from the Julian line. The cave of Mars was dress'd with mossy greens : There, by the wolf, were laid the martial twins. Intrepid on her swelling dugs they hung : The foster-dam loll'd out her fawning tongue : They suck'd secure, while, bending back her head, She lick'd their tender limbs, and form'd them as they fed.
Página 395 - But that a science, which distinguishes the criterions of right and wrong ; which teaches to establish the one, and prevent, punish, or redress the other ; which employs in its theory the noblest faculties of the soul, and exerts in its practice the cardinal virtues of the heart ; a science, which is universal in its use and extent, accommodated to each individual, yet comprehending the whole community...
Página 151 - ... denique, quid vesper serus vehat, unde serenas ventus agat nubes, quid cogitet humidus Auster, Sol tibi signa dabit. Solem quis dicere falsum audeat? Ule etiam caecos instare tumultus saepe monet, fraudemque et operta tumescere bella.
Página 78 - Troion;?, no sense? or that there are innumerable worlds, some rising and some perishing, in every moment of time? But if a concourse of atoms can make a world, why not a porch, a temple, a house, a city, which are works of less...
Página 475 - Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well ; for as a whole city is infected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation, — Cicero.
Página 151 - Geminos huic ubera circum Ludere pendentes pueros, et lambere matrem Impavidos ; illam, tereti cervice reflexam, Mulcere alternos, et corpora fingere lingud.
Página 396 - There is not in the whole compass of human affairs, so noble a spectacle as that which is displayed in the progress of jurisprudence, where we may contemplate the cautious and unwearied exertions of a succession of wise men through a long course of ages., withdrawing every case as it arises from the dangerous power of discretion, and subjecting it to inflexible rules,—extending the dominion of justice and reason, and gradually contracting within the narrowest possible limits, the domain of brutal...
Página 417 - But if the opinions and suffrages of foolish men had sufficient weight to outbalance the nature of things, then why should they not determine among them, that what is essentially bad and pernicious should henceforth pass for good and beneficial? Or why, since law can make right out of injustice, should it not also be able to change evil into good? But we have no other rule by which we may be capable of distinguishing between a good or a bad law than that of nature.
Página 395 - And first of all, the science of jurisprudence, the pride of the human intellect, which, with all its defects, redundancies, and errors, is .the collected reason of ages, combining the principles of original justice with the infinite variety of human concerns, as a heap of old exploded errors, would be no longer studied.

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