Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC. He is a very well renown author and thinker, and was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and philosopher. Cicero is widely considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.
He is mostly seen as one of the greatest minds of Roman culture and his writing are treated to be the paragon of Classical Latin. He introduced the Romans to the chief schools of Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary. An impressive orator and successful lawyer, Cicero likely thought his political career his most important achievement.
However, today he is appreciated primarily for his humanism, philosophical and political writings.
Here is one of his better-known quotes with a topical relevance of the highest significance to what is occurring in the world today.
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”
Cicero – 55 BC