Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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A friend is, as it were, a second self.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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A home without books is a body without soul.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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A man of courage is also full of faith.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Advice in old age is foolish for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Hatred is inveterate anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Hatred is settled anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

22.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

23.
I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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In time of war the laws are silent.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Justice consists in doing no injury to men decency in giving them no offense.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Laws are silent in time of war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Live as brave men and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Nature abhors annihilation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

53.
Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

54.
Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

58.
People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Rashness belongs to youth prudence to old age.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The best interpreter of the law is custom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The more laws, the less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The sinews of war are infinite money.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Thrift is of great revenue.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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To some extent I liken slavery to death.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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True nobility is exempt from fear.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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While there's life, there's hope.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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