Marcus Tullius Cicero


“A man of courage is also full of faith.”

“A home without books is a body without soul.”

“A letter does not blush.”

“A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.”

“A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.”

“Ability without honor is useless.”

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

“An unjust peace is better than a just war.”

“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.”

“Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.”

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?”

“Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.”

“While there's life, there's hope.”

“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.”

“Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.”

“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.”

“Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.”

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

“Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?”

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

“Laws are silent in time of war.”

“Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.”

“I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”

“Never injure a friend, even in jest.”

“Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything.”

“Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.”

“Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”

“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.”

“Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.”

“It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.”

“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.”

“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.”

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”

“Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.”

“I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.”

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.”

“Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.”

“No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.”

“The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.”

“The more laws, the less justice.”

“The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.”

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