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  •  i Enjoy Essays Like Yours (4+ / 0-)

    How true, how perfect a sentiment is "nothing in life is really worth having except moral decency and reputable behavior."  Those two lessons in basic humanity are the ones the really great books teach us.

    You should be proud of your granddaughter.  One day she will make her mark on the world.  I hope you'll show her how Cicero can help guide her as she steps out onto the path that will lead her to her destiny.

    There's something about those old Romans that makes them seem so modern and so "of us."  Are we so unchanged since them?

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    by Limelite on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:12:05 PM PST

    •  "There is nothing new under the sun" (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, JayDean, Vatexia

      Roman equates well to the modern US both in regard to an experiment in Republican government and empire. One of the reasons I love history so much is to see how humans have played out roughly the same scenarios time and time again  with the same failings and fears and heroic efforts. Cicero says as much in parts I left out where he talks about learning from the Greeks.

      And yes, that particular line...

      "nothing in life is really worth having except moral decency and reputable behavior"
      ... stood out to me as well... though following that line of thought is an entirely different essay. :)

      I'm glad you and the others liked it. I particularly enjoyed my reading this morning and was enthused to share it with people I knew would understand.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:23:58 PM PST

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