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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It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.

A man of courage is also full of faith.
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
There is no one so old as to not think they may live a day longer.
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.
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.
A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.
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.
Victory is by nature insolent and haughty.
It is better to receive than to do injury.
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.
In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.
All things tend to corrupt perverted minds.
There is no fortune so strong that money cannot take it.
The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind.
Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense.
Reason should direct and appetite obey.
In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master.
Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame.
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually?
It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness.
A good orator is pointed and impassioned.
Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
A community is like the ones who govern it.
Since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions to vice; and only a madman would conclude that these judgments are matters of opinion, and not fixed by nature.
Honor is the reward of virtue.
We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?
Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.
Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.
Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.
They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.
People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.