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I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC - December 7, 43 BC) was an orator, statesman, political theorist, lawyer and philosopher of Ancient Rome. He is considered by many to be amongst the greatest of the Latin orators and prose writers.

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Dec 20, 2011

Given that Marcus T. Cicero was a Roman Orator, this is not a literal quotation. Hence, the statement would have greater impact if rephrased to avoid the use of the term 'oftener' [poor grammar]. Perhaps, "I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability".