Quotations by Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman


A friend is, as it were, a second self.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Friend, Self)

A home without books is a body without soul.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Home, Soul, Body, Books)

A letter does not blush.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Blush)

A man of courage is also full of faith.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Faith, Courage, Man)

A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Character, Man)

A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Ability, Honor)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Law)

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
(Keywords: Age, Advice, End, Journey, Old, Road)

All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Doubt, Pain, Will)

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Peace, War)

Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Error, Man, Mistakes)

Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Error, Fool, Man)

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Character, Fire, Heaven, Man, Sea, Water)

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
(Keywords: Body, Man, May, Mind, Old, Youth)

Before beginning, plan carefully.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Beginning)

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Brevity, Charm, Eloquence)

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

Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: People, Income)

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
(Keywords: Trust, Hope, Confidence, Feeling, Mind)

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Food, Body, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Death, Being, State)

Empire and liberty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Liberty)

Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Nothing)

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Friends, Man, Sheep)

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Fear, Duty)

For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Friends)

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
(Keywords: Power, Force, Freedom, Law, Man)

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Freedom, Possession, Value)

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Friendship, Happiness, Grief, Joy, Misery)

Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Education, Conceit)

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Virtue, Glory, Shadow)

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Gratitude)

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Admiration, Discretion)

Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Power, Habit, Fatigue, Pain, Wounds)

Hatred is inveterate anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Anger, Hatred)

Hatred is settled anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Anger, Hatred)

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Man, Nothing)

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Passion, Reason)

Honor is the reward of virtue.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Virtue, Honor, Reward)

I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Creation, Fault)

I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Fortune)

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
(Keywords: People, Man, Names, Old)

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Knowledge, Loquacity, Tongue)

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
(Keywords: Men, Belief, Error, Pleasure)

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero



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