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  • They are (as others suppose) appointed by those higher powers to keep men from their nativity, and to protect or punish them as they see cause: and are called boni et mali Genii by the Romans.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cicero was of the fourth class, believing in the Republic, intent on saving it, imbued amid all his doubts with a conviction that if the "optimates" or "boni" -- the leading men of the party -- would be true to themselves,

    Life of Cicero Volume One

  • Though his popularity was on the wane -- that general popularity which, we may presume, had been produced by the tone of his voice and the grace of his language -- there still remained to him that other popularity which consisted, in truth, of the trained bands employed by the "boni" and the "optimates," and which might be used, if need were, in opposition to trained bands on the other side.

    Life of Cicero Volume One

  • It was the ingratitude of his political friends, his "boni" and his "optimates," of Pompey as their head, which tried him the sorest; but he was always forgiving them, forgiving Pompey as the head of them, because he knew that, were he to be severed from them, then the political world must be closed to him altogether.

    Life of Cicero Volume One

  • I got through the first, admittedly persuasive, paragraphs of Andy's boni fides and was beginning to wonder if I we had really been too harsh on the boy.

    "Oprah is a liberal because she is black, Hitch is a liberal because he is atheist, and you are a liberal because you are gay.'

  • Sumunt boni, sumunt mali:Sorte tamen inæquáli,Vitæ vel intéritus.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Cum loquitur Lais, quanta, O dii boni, vocis ejus dulcedo!

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • O demens, quid tibi videtur in vita boni? nimirum amicitias, caenas, &c. Longe melius non esurire quam edere; non sitire,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quos si integros haberemus, Dii boni, quas opes, quos thesauros teneremus.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The last word of the latter is an obvious misprint, and is corrected by the Dutch translator into “majoris boni.”

    The Ethics


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