Cicero: Duty and Honor, Neglect and Shame

Cicero (106-43 BC)
Cicero (106-43 BC)

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Cicero

Indeed, no part of life, whether in public or in private affairs, abroad or at home, in your personal conduct or your social relations, can be free from the claims of duty; and it is in the observance of duty that lies all the honor of life, in its neglect, all the shame.


Source: Marcus Tullius Cicero. Excerpt from “On Moral Duties (De Officiis)” 44 BC.


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