Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

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

 

 

“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.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”
― Cicero. M Tullius

 

 

“In times of war, the law falls silent.

Silent enim leges inter arma”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

 

“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?”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

 

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

 

 

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

 

“Non nobis solum nati sumus.

(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

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

 

 

“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.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labours of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Dum Spiro, spero”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

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

 

 

“For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.”
―Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one’s self to die.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another’s heart.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

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

 

 

“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Life is nothing without friendship.”
― Cicero

 

 

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

 

 

“A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.”
― Cicero

 

 

“It is a great thing to know your vices.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“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.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Freedom is participation in power.”
―Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice”
― Cicero Marcus Tullius

 

 

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

 

 

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“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.)”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?”
― Cicero

 

 

“The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret — that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.”
― Cicero

 

 

“Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

 

“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.)”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Never injure a friend, even in jest.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“God’s law is ‘right reason.’ When perfectly understood it is called ‘wisdom.’ When applied by government in regulating human relations it is called ‘justice.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“a friend is a second self”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

“Ability without honor is useless.”
― Marcus T. Cicero

 

 

“To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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