Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

A home without books is a body without soul.

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

In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.

A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.

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.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?

To live is to think.

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

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.

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.

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

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.

The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

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.

Ability without honor is useless.

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.

No one can give you better advice than yourself.

A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.

While there's life, there's hope.

Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.

All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

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