The History of the Life of M. Tullius Cicero, Volume 2

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J. J. Tourneisen; and J. L. Legrand, 1790 - 397 pages

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Page 285 - 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.
Page 316 - ... philosophy : when he could no longer be what he had been, or when the ills of life overbalanced the good, which, by the principles of his sect, was a just cause for dying, he put an end to his life with a spirit and resolution which would make one imagine, that he was glad to have found an occasion of dying in his proper character. On the whole, his life was rather admirable than amiable ; fit to be praised rather than imitated.
Page 92 - Industry to Wealth; from Wealth to Luxury; from Luxury to an Impatience of Discipline and Corruption of Morals; till by a total Degeneracy and loss of Virtue, being grown ripe for Destruction, it falls a Prey at last to some hardy Oppressor, and, with the Loss of Liberty, losing every Thing else, that is valuable, sinks gradually again into its original Barbarism.
Page 338 - ... was behind, Megara before me ; Piraeus on the right, Corinth on the left ; all which towns, once famous and flourishing, now lie overturned, and buried in their ruins : upon this sight I could not but think presently within myself, alas ! how do we poor mortals fret and vex ourselves, if any of our friends happen to die, or to be killed, whose life is yet so short, when the carcasses of so many noble cities lie here exposed before me in one view...
Page 286 - ... fame and experience in war, with the militia of the empire at their devotion : all this was purely his own ; till, by cherishing Caesar, and throwing into his hands the...
Page 136 - Plancus called the people together and exhorted them to appear in a full body the next day, when judgment was to be given, and to declare their sentiments in so public a manner that the criminal might not be suffered to escape ; which Cicero reflects upon in the defence as an insult on the liberty of the bench'.
Page 315 - ... rigour of the stoical rule, he was generally disappointed of the end which he sought by it, the happiness both of his private and public life. In his private conduct he was severe, morose, inexorable; banishing...
Page 378 - It was expected that some forged testimonies would be produced, to shew that he, whom we had felt in reality to be a king, should be called also by that name, if we would be safe; but let us make a bargain with the keepers of those oracles, that they bring any thing out of them rather than a king, which neither the gods nor men will ever endure again at Rome...
Page 392 - Rome; but disdaining- the condition of a subject, he could never rest till he had made himself a monarch. In acting this last part, his usual prudence seemed to fail him ; as if the height to which he was mounted had turned his head, and made him giddy : For by a vain ostentation of his power, he destroyed the stability of it ; and as men shorten life by living too fast, so by an intemperance of reigning, he brought his reign to a violent end.
Page 92 - Poverty; enslaved to the most cruel, as well as to the most contemptible of Tyrants, Superstition and Religious Imposture: while this remote Country, anciently the Jest and Contempt of the polite Romans, is become the happy Seat of Liberty, Plenty and Letters; flourishing...

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