Cicero Quotes

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.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.
A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.
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.
A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.
As the old proverb says Like readily consorts with like.
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
By force of arms.
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Force overcome by force.
It is a great thing to know our vices.
It is a true saying that One falsehood leads easily to another.
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
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.
Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
Nature herself makes the wise man rich.
Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.
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.
Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.
No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.
Let your desires be ruled by reason.
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.
Live as brave men and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
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.
Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
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.
Reason should direct and appetite obey.
Our thoughts are free.
The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
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.
Strain every nerve to gain your point.
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
The wise are instructed by reason ordinary minds by experience the stupid, by necessity and brutes by instinct.
There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.
We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
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.
To each his own.
To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
While there's life, there's hope.
The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty
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.
What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain.
Endless money forms the sinews of war.
Let the punishment match the offense.
Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.
The people's good is the highest law.
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.
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
The freedom of poetic license.
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