The Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 2

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Pagina 111 - Rome, once the mistress of the world, the seat of arts, empire, and glory, now lies sunk in sloth, ignorance, and poverty, enslaved to the most cruel as well as to the...
Pagina 457 - This was the chief end and purpose of his life ; the scheme that he had formed from his early youth ; so that, as Cato truly declared of him, he came with sobriety and meditation to the subversion of the republic. He used to say that there were two things necessary to acquire and to support- power — soldiers and money; which yet depended mutually upon each other.
Pagina 456 - Quintilian says, that he spoke with the same force with which he fought ; and if he had devoted himself to the bar, would have been the only man capable of rivalling Cicero. Nor was he a master only of the politer arts ; but conversant also with the most abstruse and critical parts of...
Pagina 384 - In this uneasy state, both of his publick and private life, Cicero was oppressed by a new and deep affliction, the death of his beloved daughter Tullia; which happened soon after her divorce 'from Dolabella ; whose manners and humours were entirely disagreeable to her.
Pagina 330 - Africa ; and by his victories had almost doubled the extent, as well as the revenues, of the Roman dominion ; for, as he declared to the people on his return from the Mithridatic war, " he had found the lesser Asia the boundary, but left it the middle of their empire.
Pagina 330 - Pompey seemed to value none but what was offered ; nor to have any desire to govern, but with the good will of the governed. What leisure he found from his wars, he employed in the study of polite letters, and especially of eloquence, in which he would have acquired great fame, if his genius had not drawn him to the more dazzling glory of arms ; yet he pleaded several causes with applause, in the defence of his friends and clients ; and some of them in conjunction with Cicero.
Pagina 366 - In his private conduct he was severe, morose, inexorable; banishing all the softer affections, as natural enemies to justice, and as suggesting false motives of acting, from favour, clemency, and compassion : in public affairs he was the same ; had but one rule of policy...
Pagina 331 - His language was copious and elevated ; his sentiments just ; his voice sweet ; his action noble, and full of dignity. But his talents were better formed for arms than the gown ; for though in both he observed the same discipline, a perpetual modesty, temperance, and gravity of outward behaviour ; yet in the license of camps the example was more rare and striking.
Pagina 366 - ... him : for, instead of managing the power of the great, so as to mitigate the ill, or extract any good from it, he was urging it always to acts of violence by a perpetual defiance; so that, with the best intentions in the world, he tiften did great harm to the republic.
Pagina 320 - ... and that, in their common danger, no step should be taken but by their common advice : and, as they were under no engagement to his cause but what was voluntary, so they were necessarily to be humoured, lest through disgust they should desert it. Now these were all uneasy in their present situation, and longed to be at home in the enjoyment of their estates and honours ; and having a confidence of victory from the number of their troops and the reputation of their leader, were perpetually teasing...

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