Marcus Tullius CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quote

“Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.”

Marcus Tullius CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Ratings and Comments

wayne, naples

If he is talking about formal education, I agree. But education and learning are very close. No one should ever stop learning.

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

What he fails to point out is that in either case, education (which is how you get learning) improves both those with and without natural ability.

Mike, Norwalk

Statements above begin to fill out the quotes broader application.

E Archer, NYC

It is probably safe to assume that the word 'education' in this context refers to formal education, not learning per se. There are a great many 'unlettered' men and women throughout history that have done great and glorious things. There is no 'formal' education for wisdom. ;-)

Robert, Somewhere in the USA

Yes, early education has a habit of making tyrants, money grabbing bankers, and psychopaths.


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