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

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quote

“When you have no basis for argument, abuse the plaintiff.”

Marcus Tullius CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Ratings and Comments

randall, san diego

Abusing the opponent is the modern form of argument. It is as dishonest--and worthless--now as it was in Rome.

David, Reading

Sounds like it applies very aptly to modern day Israel.

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    Anonymous    5/17/09

    It's hard to believe a philosopher would be supporting the use of an obvious logical fallacy. Is this quote ironic?

    FamouslyUnknown, Hackensack NJ

    Logic and reality are not synonymous. Cicero described the credo by which tyrants usurp and hold power as they strangle the populace.He expressed the truth. The proof is in the putridness of our present political administration. Call it the ill-logic, the sick-logic of the psychopathic sociopaths subverting our constitutional democacy.

    Mike, Norwalk

    Welcome to Amerika's jurisprudence. Five stars for accuracy, a thumbs down for what the once land of the free and home of the brave has become.

    watchman13, USA

    I think they do it just to pass the time. Viva La Revolution. The battle continues.

    watchman13, USA

    Check the greed, you free the seed !!! But I am not just passing the time, with any game of chess, this is the game of life ! They will not answer wrong against right.

    E Archer, NYC

    The rule of thumb for control-freaks of all stripes. Ad hominem logical fallacies.


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