from Cicero of Ancient Rome about Balancing the Budget, Reducing Public
Debt, and Curtailing Foreign Assistance-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email with a
quote dating back to 55 B.C. from Cicero
of Ancient Rome about balancing the budget, reducing public debt, and
curtailing foreign assistance.
The Truth: This alleged quote from Marcus
Tullius Cicero that began circulating on the Internet in October, 2008,
is based on a true statement from the great Roman orator, but someone
added a lot to it to make it match some of what the United States was
The actual quote is:"The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and
assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be
refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom
should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands
should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn
to work, instead of living on public assistance.” -- Cicero , 55 B.C.