Quotes by Marcus T. Cicero

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC - December 7, 43 BC) was an orator, statesman, political theorist, lawyer and philosopher of Ancient Rome. He is considered by many to be amongst the greatest of the Latin orators and prose writers.

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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Ability without honor is useless.
While there's life, there's hope.
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.
To the sick, while there is life there is hope.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
Life is nothing without friendship.
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
Friends are proved by adversity.
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
They condemn what they do not understand.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
The good of the people is the greatest law.
There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
Sweet is the memory of past troubles.
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence.
As you have sown so shall you reap.
There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
The foundation of justice is good faith.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God.
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.
The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.

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