Quotation Explorer - 'Cicero'

Reason should direct and appetite obey. - Cicero
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place. - Cicero
To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches. - Cicero
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes. - Cicero
Nature herself makes the wise man rich. - Cicero
Let the punishment match the offense. - Cicero
To each his own. (Suum Cuique) - Cicero
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature. - Cicero
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory. - Cicero
It is a great thing to know our vices. - Cicero
Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts. - 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
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion. - Cicero
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. - Cicero
The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature. - Cicero
As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like." - Cicero
Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly. - Cicero
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. - Cicero
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. - Cicero
The more laws, the less justice. - Cicero
There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it. - Cicero
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine. - Cicero
Anyone who has got a book collection and a garden wants for nothing. - Cicero
Our thoughts are free. - Cicero
There is no being of any race who, if he finds the proper guide, cannot attain to virtue. - Cicero
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. - Cicero
I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature. - Cicero
An unjust peace is better than a just war. - Cicero
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. - Cicero
When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men'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. - Cicero
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. - Cicero
Endless money forms the sinews of war. - Cicero
It is a true saying that "One falsehood leads easily to another". - Cicero
In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body. - Cicero
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute. - Cicero
Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger. - Cicero
The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends. - Cicero
By force of arms. (Vi Et Armis) - Cicero
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect. - Cicero
We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race. - Cicero
To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times? - Cicero
Strain every nerve to gain your point. - Cicero
Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator. - Cicero
The people's good is the highest law. - Cicero
A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age. - Cicero
The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct. - Cicero
Nature herself has imprinted on the minds of all the idea of God. - Cicero
The avarice of the old: it's absurd to increase one's luggage as one nears the journey's end. - Cicero
When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff. - Cicero
Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient. - Cicero
The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness. - Cicero
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition. - Cicero
Let your desires be ruled by reason. (Appetitus Rationi Pareat) - Cicero
Laws are silent in times of war. - Cicero
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. - Cicero
The freedom of poetic license. - Cicero
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. - Cicero
There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment. - Cicero
By doubting we come at truth. - Cicero
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law. (Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex) - Cicero
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at second, or even the third place. - Cicero
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. - Cicero
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. - Cicero
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one. - Cicero
Force overcome by force. (Vi Victa Vis) - Cicero
No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject. - Cicero
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong. - Cicero
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions. - Cicero
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? - Cicero
Law stands mute in the midst of arms. - Cicero
A friend is, as it were, a second self. - Cicero
There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. - Cicero
What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain. - Cicero
A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation. - Cicero
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. - Cicero
What a time! What a civilization! - Cicero
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. - Cicero
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. - Cicero
The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death. - Cicero
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