Study Guide

Marcus Tullius Cicero in An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

By David Hume

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hume mentions most of the secondary characters only once or twice to demonstrate a point. Cicero, however, stands out as someone who's been pretty influential for Hume. Hume calls on Cicero for backup throughout the enquiry, and it's no wonder: this guy was a total brainbox and major figure back in the glory days of Rome. As a successful philosopher, lawyer, and public speaker, his name carries a lot of street cred. Check out some of his memorable quotes here (you'll be surprised how many you've heard before).

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