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Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes (173)

A friend is, as it were, a second self.
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A home without books is a body without soul.
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A letter does not blush.
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A man of courage is also full of faith.
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A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
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A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
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Ability without honor is useless.
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According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.
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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.
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All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
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An unjust peace is better than a just war.
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Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
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Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.
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As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
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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.
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Before beginning, plan carefully.
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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
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Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
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Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
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Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
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Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.
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Empire and liberty.
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Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
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Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
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Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
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For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.
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For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.
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Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.
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Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
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Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
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Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
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Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
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Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
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Hatred is inveterate anger.
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Hatred is settled anger.
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Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.
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He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
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He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
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Honor is the reward of virtue.
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I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
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I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
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I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
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I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
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I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors.
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I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
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If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.
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If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
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If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
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If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.
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In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
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In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
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In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.
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In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
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In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
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In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.
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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.
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In time of war the laws are silent.
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It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
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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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It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
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It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
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It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
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It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much.
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Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.
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Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
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Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.
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