A: Could it seem otherwise to me?—since these things have already been fully developed: first, that we have been furnished and adorned as if by gifts of the gods; second, that there is one equal, common manner of living for human beings among themselves; then that all human beings are held together by a certain natural indulgence and goodwill among themselves, as well as by a fellowship of right.  M: What about the fact that peoples approve many things ruinously, many things disastrously, which no more approach the name of law than if robbers consecrated certain laws in their own meeting?  A: But if you ask what I expect, since you have written on the best form of republic, the sequel seems to be that you also write on laws. But if he denies that he is going to snatch his life and take away his gold, he will never deny it on the ground that he judges it disgraceful by nature, but that he fears that it might become known and the result might be bad. Yet it is thin material for study although necessary for experience. Copyright David Fott. [In the following segment, also from Book 1 of On the Laws, Cicero or “M” is speaking quite continuously until the very end of the selection. But he who will do nothing for another person’s sake and will measure everything by his own convenience—you see, I suppose, what he is going to do. But we can divide good law from bad by no other standard than that of nature.  But if it seems good, let us settle here in the shade and return to the part of the conversation where we digressed. M: Then do you want us to trace the birth of right itself from its source? But since our entire speech is for the people’s business, sometimes it will be necessary to speak popularly and to call that a law which, when written, consecrates what it wants by either ordering [or forbidding], as the crowd calls it. Moreover, what nation does not cherish kindness, benevolence, or a soul that is grateful for and mindful of a benefit? So many and so great are the things that are clearly seen to be present in a human being by those who want to know themselves. Nevertheless, none of them was ever so daring that he did not either deny that he was guilty of a crime or fabricate some reason for his own just indignation and seek a defense of the crime in some right of nature. This type of command was first entrusted to the most just and wisest men, and that was extremely effective in our own republic as long as regal power ruled over it. Surely I recognize that grove yonder and this oak tree of Arpinum as those of which I have read so often in the “Marius”; 1 if that famous oak still lives, this is certainly the same; and in fact it is a very old tree. M: Therefore, as that divine mind is the highest law, so too when it is in man, it has been fully developed in the mind of the wise man. M: And correctly, especially since they were repealed in one moment by one little line of the senate. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1967 & 1968. The Laws, moreover, presents the results of Cicero's reflections as to how the republic needed to change in order not only to survive but also to promote justiceDavid Fott’s vigorous yet elegant English translation is faithful to the originals. Therefore, justice also elicits no reward, no repayment; therefore, it is desired for itself, and the same motive and sense exist for all virtues. When I have said a very little bit about this, I will come to civil law, from which this entire speech originated. Nothing given to human life by the immortal gods is richer, nothing is more illustrious, nothing is preferable. Nature makes common conceptions for us and starts forming them in our minds so that honorable things are based on virtue, disgraceful things on vices.  But the variety of opinions and the disagreement among human beings disturb us. The Republic and The Laws Cicero Translated by Niall Rudd and Edited by Jonathan Powell Oxford World's Classics. What can be called fouler than avarice, what more monstrous than lust, what more scorned than cowardice, what more despicable than dullness and foolishness?  When the virtues have been recognized and perceived, and when the soul has departed from the allegiance to and indulgence of the body, and has crushed pleasure like some stain of dishonor, and has escaped all fear of death and pain, and has entered the fellowship of affection with his own, and has regarded as his own all those who are joined with him by nature, and has undertaken the worship of the gods and pure religion, and has sharpened the sight of his intellect, like that of his eyes, for culling good things and rejecting the opposite (a virtue that has been called prudence from foreseeing)—what can be said or thought that is happier than that? O worthy deed, for which not only educated but also boorish men may blush! The niceties of the grammar are generally overlooked for comments on Cicero's style and political ideas. M: Therefore, I see that this has been the opinion of very wise men: Law was not thought out by human intellects; it is not some resolution of peoples, but something eternal that rules the whole universe through the wisdom of commanding and prohibiting. Second edition. When they have been made lucid, with wisdom as leader, he discerns that he is a good man and that for this very reason he is going to be happy. Q: Then of course you will propose laws that may never be repealed? Believing that it cannot but excite a deep interest with generous minds, as well on account of the high nature of the subject, the illustrious name of Cicero, as of the great motives which led him to compose this work, I venture to offer a translation of it to the public. Cicero: The Republic, the Laws (translation).  What follows—to conclude my whole speech—is before our eyes from what has been said, that both right and everything honorable should be desired for their own sakes. p. cm. When these are present, they are very small, and it is in no way possible to know for certain how long they are going to be present.
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