Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Not Just Nice Stories

All literature, all philosophy, all history, abounds with incentives to noble action, incentives which would be buried in black darkness were the light of the written word not flashed upon them. How many pictures of high endeavor the great authors of Greece and Rome have drawn for our use, and bequeathed to us, not only for our contemplation, but for our emulation! These I have held ever before my vision throughout my public career, and have guided the workings of my brain and my soul by meditating upon patterns of excellence.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Archia Poeta

(cross reference with Philippians 4:8)
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