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When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There are gems of thought that are ageless and eternal.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
For just as some women are said to be handsome though without adornment, so this subtle manner of speech, though lacking in artificial graces, delights us.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
I do not understand what the man who is happy wants in order to be happier.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
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.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The eyes like sentinels occupy the highest place in the body.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Give me a young man in whom there is something of the old, and an old man with something of the young: guided so, a man may grow old in body, but never in mind.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Avarice, 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?
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Physicians, when the cause of disease is discovered, consider that the cure is discovered.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is a brief period of life that is granted us by nature, but the memory of a well-spent life never dies.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing so cements and holds together all the parts of a society as faith or credit, which can never be kept up unless men are under some force or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts, it is something celestial and divine.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
—  Marcus Tullius 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?
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
A careful physician ... before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
I add this, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
If the truth were self-evident, eloquence would be unnecessary.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
While all other things are uncertain, evanescent, and ephemeral, virtue alone is fixed with deep roots; it can neither be overthrown by any violence or moved from its place.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The gardener plants trees, not one berry of which he will ever see: and shall not a public man plant laws, institutions, government, in short, under the same conditions?
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink.
—  Marcus Tullius 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.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in doing good to their fellowmen.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but also the parent of all other virtues.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
A person who is wise does nothing against his will, nothing with sighing or under coercion.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
In friendship we find nothing false or insincere; everything is straight forward, and springs from the heart.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually?
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessings previously secured.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
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.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
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.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
—  Marcus Tullius Cicero

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