The letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero to several of his friends, with remarks [and tr.] by W. Melmoth

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Strona 10 - When I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.
Strona 10 - When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me ; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tomb-stone, my heart melts with compassion ; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow...
Strona 14 - I have frequently received ; but never any that were more obliging. As to those for which I am indebted to yourself, it is not only the force of your reasonings, and the very considerable share you take in my afflictions, that have contributed to compose my mind ; it is the deference, likewise, which I always pay to the authority of your sentiments. For knowing, as I perfectly...
Strona 29 - Marcellus had been stabbed 3 the night before by Magius Cilo, whilst they were sitting" together after supper; that he had received two wounds from a dagger...
Strona 15 - I have named, but to my Cato, my son, than whom a better man was never born, and whose funeral rites I myself performed, whereas he ought rather to have attended mine.
Strona 17 - I have equally banished myself from my house,* and from the public ; as finding no relief in either, from the calamities I lament in both. It is this, therefore, that heightens my desire of seeing you here ; as nothing can afford me a more effectual consolation than the renewal of our friendly intercourse ; a happiness, which I hope, and am informed indeed, that I shall shortly enjoy.
Strona 9 - ... in this narrow compass, so many great and glorious cities, formed for a much longer duration, thus lie extended in ruins ? Remember then, oh my heart ! the general lot to which man is born, and let that thought suppress thy unreasonable murmurs.' Believe me, I found my mind greatly refreshed and comforted by these reflections.
Strona 373 - ... being taken, till having dismissed all his attendants, and wandered for some time alone in disguise and distress, he committed himself to the protection of an old acquaintance and host whom he had formerly obliged ; where, either through treachery or accident, he was surprised by Antony's soldiers, who immediately killed him, and returned with his head to their general ". Several of the old writers have reproached his memory with a...
Strona 373 - Macedonia ; but the distance was so great, and the country so guarded, that he was often forced to change his road, for fear of being taken, till having dismissed all his attendants, and wandered for some time alone in disguise and distress, he committed himself to the protection of an old acquaintance and host whom he had formerly obliged ; where, either through treachery or accident, he was surprised by Antony's soldiers, who immediately killed him...
Strona 241 - A little before his retreat, he took a small statue of Minerva, which had long been reverenced in his family as a kind of tutelar deity, and carrying it to the capitol, placed it in the temple of Jupiter, under the title of Minerva, the guardian of the city'.

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