Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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1. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

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2. “Ability without honor is useless.”

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3. “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”

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Source : On the laws

4. “In times of war, the law falls silent.Silent enim leges inter arma”

Tags : Freedom Human Rights Law War

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

Tags : Candor Honesty Truth Telling

6. “Meanwhile, Milo had been in the Senate on that day until it was dismissed and then came home. He changed out of his formal clothes, waited for a little while his wife got herself ready--you all know how that goes-- and set out at the hour when Clodius, if he had been planning on coming back to Rome that day, would have returned.”

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7. “The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”

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8. “I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”

Tags : Creation Creativity Criticism Wisdom Wisdom Quote Wise

9. “The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”

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10. “Nemo est qui tibi sapientius suadere possit te ipso: numquam labere, si te audies.(Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself: if you heed yourself, you'll never go wrong.)”

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Source : Selected Letters

11. “The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.”

Tags : Dead Eternity Living Memory
Source : Philippics

12. “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”

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

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14. “Here is a man whose life and actions the world has already condemned - yet whose enormous fortune...has already brought him acquittal!”

Tags : Corruption Dishonesty Guilt Humour Justice Law Lies Politics Sarcasm Wealth
Source : Selected Works

15. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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16. “Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

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17. “Non nobis solum nati sumus.(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”

Tags : Duty Helping Others Latin Self

18. “In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.”

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Source : On the Republic/On the Laws

19. “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”

Tags : Children Humor Times Never Change

20. “It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.”

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21. “Apollo, sacred guard of earth's true core, Whence first came frenzied, wild prophetic word...”

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

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23. “Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.)”

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24. “We must not only obtain Wisdom: we must enjoy her.”

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Source : Selected Works

25. “There are no snares more dangerous than those which lurk under the guise of duty or the name of relationship.”

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26. “When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.”

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27. “Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.”

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28. “True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions.”

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Source : On the Republic/On the Laws

29. “There is also a tradition about Socrates. He liked walking, it is recorded, until a late hour of the evening, and when someone asked him why he did this he said he was trying to work up an appetite for his dinner.”

Tags : Appetite Food Philosophy Socrates
Source : Tusculan Disputations

30. “While there's life, there's hope.”

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31. “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”

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32. “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

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33. “Dogs wait for us faithfully.”

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34. “Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.”

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35. “The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”

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Source : De Senectute, De Amicitia

36. “What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us.”

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37. “When I notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when I watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, I cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the Roman constitution.”

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38. “Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore”

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39. “Nam eloquentiam quae admirationem non habet nullam iudico”

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40. “Quamquam scripsit artem rhetorieam Cleanthes, Chrysippus etiam, sed sic, ut si quis obmutescere concupierit, nihil aliud legere debeat.”

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41. “Il y a encore de certains devoirs à remplir envers même de qui nous avons reçu une injure; car la vengeance et la punition ont aussi leurs bornes. Je ne sais même si repentir de celui qui a fait l'injure ne suffirait pas et pour l'empêcher d'en faire une semblable à l'avenir et pour retenir les autres dans le devoir.”

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Source : On Duties

42. “For he (Cato) gives his opinion as if he were in Plato's Republic, not in Romulus' cesspool.”

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43. “Those who lack within themselves the means for living a blessed and happy life will find any age painful.- How to grow old: ancient wisdom for the second half of life.”

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44. “Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language. ”

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45. “There is a story that Simonides was dining at the house of a wealthy nobleman named Scopas at Crannon in Thessaly, and chanted a lyric poem which he had composed in honor of his host, in which he followed the custom of the poets by including for decorative purposes a long passage referring to Castor and Pollux; whereupon Scopas with excessive meanness told him he would pay him half the fee agreed on for the poem, and if he liked he might apply for the balance to his sons of Tyndaraus, as they had gone halves in the panegyric.The story runs that a little later a message was brought to Simonides to go outside, as two young men were standing at the door who earnestly requested him to come out; so he rose from his seat and went out, and could not see anybody; but in the interval of his absence the roof of the hall where Scopas was giving the banquet fell in, crushing Scopas himself and his relations underneath the ruins and killing them; and when their friends wanted to bury them but were altogether unable to know them apart as they had been completely crushed, the story goes that Simonides was enabled by his recollection of the place in which each of them had been reclining at table to identify them for separate interment; and that this circumstance suggested to him the discovery of the truth that the best aid to clearness of memory consists in orderly arrangement.He inferred that persons desiring to train this faculty must select localities and form mental images of the facts they wish to remember and store those images in the localities, with the result that the arrangement of the localities will preserve the order of the facts, and the images of the facts will designate the facts themselves, and we shall employ the localities and images respectively as a wax writing tablet and the letters written on it.”

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46. “atque illi artifices corporis simulacra ignotis nota faciebant; quae uel si nulla, nihilo sint tamen obscuriores clari uiri.”

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Source : Letters of Cicero

47. “Wohl niemand tanzt, wenn er nüchtern ist, er müsste denn den Verstand verloren haben.”

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48. “Zoals de dwaasheid nooit tevreden is, zelfs niet als haar wensen worden vervuld, zo is de wijsheid steeds tevreden met wat voorhanden is, en heeft nooit onvrede met zichzelf.”

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Source : Tusculan Disputations: On the Nature of the Gods, and on the Commonwealth

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

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50. “No power on earth, if it labours beneath the burden of fear, can possibly be strong enough to survive.”

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Source : On Duties

51. “Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.”

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52. “Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus”

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53. “Nemo enim est tam senex qui se annum non putet posse vivere.(No one is so old as to think that he cannot live one more year.)”

Tags : Age
Source : On Old Age, On Friendship & On Divination

54. “Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so.”

Tags : Virtue
Source : De Amicitia

55. “Two distinctive traits especially identify beyond a doubt a strong and dominant character. One trait is contempt for external circumstances, when one is convinced that men ought to respect, to desire, and to pursue only what is moral and right, that men should be subject to nothing, not to another man, not to some disturbing passion, not to Fortune. The second trait, when your character has the disposition I outlined just now, is to perform the kind of services that are significant and most beneficial; but they should also be services that are a severe challenge, that are filled with ordeals, and that endanger not only your life but also the many comforts that make life attractive.Of these two traits, all the glory, magnificence, and the advantage, too, let us not forget, are in the second, while the drive and the discipline that make men great are in the former.”

Tags : De Officiis Virtue

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

Tags : Advice For Daily Living Fear And Loathing Grief Inspirational Sorrow

57. “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief”

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58. “Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice”

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Source : On Duties

59. “We are bound by the law, so that we may be free.”

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60. “Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature.”

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61. “Quid? Quod eadem mente res dissimillimas comprehendimus, ut colorem saporem, calorem, odorem, sonum? Quae numquam quinque nuntiis animus cognosceret, nisi ad eum omnia referrentur et is omnium iudex solus esset.”

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62. “There is, I assure you, a medical art for the soul. It is philosophy, whose aid need not be sought, as in bodily diseases, from outside ourselves. We must endeavor with all our resources and all our strength to become capable of doctoring ourselves.”

Tags : Philosophy Stoic Stoicism

63. “Speaking Latin properly is indeed to be held in the highest regard – not just because of its own merits, but in fact because it has been neglected by the masses. For it is not so much Noble to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.”

Tags : Elitism High Culture Snobbery