• Cicero
  • Niall Rudd


... kings attract us by affection, aristocracies by good sense, and democracies by freedom." (25)

And so political power passes like a ball from one group to another. Tyrants snatch it from kings; aristocrats or the people wrest it from them; and from them it moves to oligarchic cliques or back to tyrants. (32)

He [Cato] used to say that no genius of such magnitude had ever existed that he could be sure of overlooking nothing; and that no collection of able people at a single point of time could have sufficient foresight to take account of everything; there had to be practical experience over a long period of history. (35)