For there is nothing that happens on earth that is more welcome to that supreme God who rules the whole universe than the institutions and congregations of men united by a sense of right, which are called states.

Nihil est enim elli principio deo, qui omnem mundum regit, quod quidem in terris fiat, acceptius quam concilia coetusque hominum iure sociati, quae civitates appellantur.


On the Commonwealth

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Original Citation

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De re publica [On the Commonwealth]. c. 51 BC, bk. 6, ch. 13.

Current Citation

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. "The Republic." The Republic and The Laws, translated by Niall Rudd. Oxford University Press, 2009, bk. 6, ch. 13.