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169 Famous Quotes by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does he should do with all his might. [Lat., Quod est, eo decet uti: et quicquid agas, agere pro viribus.]

Action Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Senectute (IX)

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Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent. [Lat., Quod exemplo fit, id etiam jure fieri putant.]

Example Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistles (IV, 3)

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The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body. [Lat., Morbi perniciores pluresque animi quam corporis.]

Mind Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (III, 3)

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But in every matter the consensus of opinion among all nations is to be regarded as the law of nature. [Lat., Omni autem in re consensio omnium gentium lex naturae putanda est.]

Opinion Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusc. Quoest. (I, 13, 30)

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Reason is the mistress and queen of all things. [Lat., Domina omnium et regina ratio.]

Reason Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (II, 21)

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Our country is the common parent of all. [Lat., Patria est communis omnium parens.]

Patriotism Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Orationes in Catilinam (I, 7)

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Our country is wherever we are well off. [Lat., Patria est, ubicunque est bene.]

Love of country Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 37), quoting Pacuvius

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No man was ever great without divine inspiration. [Lat., Nemo vir magnus aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit.]

Greatness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (II, 66)

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There is no more sure tie between friends than when they are united in their objects and wishes. [Lat., Neque est ullum certius amicitiae vinculum, quam consensus et societas consiliorum et voluntatum.,]

Unity Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (II)

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In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made. [Lat., In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est praeparatio diligens.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 21)

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All the arts which belong to polished life have some common tie, and are connect as it were by some relationship. [Lat., Etenim omnes artes, quae ad humanitatem pertinent, habent quoddam commune vinculum, et quasi cognatione quadam inter se continentur.]

Art Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (I)

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The swan is not without cause dedicated to Apollo, because foreseeing his happiness in death, he dies with singing and pleasure. [Lat., Cignoni non sine causa Apoloni dicata sint, quod ab eo divinationem habere videantur, qua providentes quid in morte boni sit, cum cantu et voluptate moriantur.]

Swans Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 30)

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What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth? [Lat., Quod enim munus reiplicae afferre majus, meliusve possumus, quam si docemus atque erudimus juventutem?]

Education Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Divinatione (II, 2)

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Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties. [Lat., Secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia, et adversas partiens communicansque leviores.]

Friendship Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Amicitia (VI)

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It is better to wear out than to rust out.

Action Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Senectute (IX)

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A fool must now and then be right by chance.

Folly Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistles (X, 20)

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That he was never less at leisure than when at leisure: nor that he was ever less alone than when alone. [Lat., Nunquam se minus otiosum esse quam cum otiosus; nec minus solum quam cum solus esset.]

Solitude Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (bk. III, ch. I)

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He who hangs on the errors of the ignorant multitude, must not be counted among great men. [Lat., Qui ex errore imperitae multitudinis pendet, hic in magnis viris non est habendus.]

Public Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 19)

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The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices. [Lat., Vulgus ex veritate pauca, ex opinione multa aestimat.]

Public Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo (X, 29)

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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. [Lat., Ita enim finitima sunt falsa veris ut in praecipitem locum non debeat se sapiens committere.]

Lying Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Academici (IV, 21)

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The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit. [Lat., Abores serit diligens agricola, quarum adspiciet baccam ipse numquam.]

Agriculture Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 14)

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Let a man practise the profession he best knows. [Lat., Quam quisque novit artem, in hac se exerceat.]

Occupations Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 18)

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Our country is wherever we are well off. [Lat., Patria est, ubicunque est bene.]

Patriotism Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 37), quoting Pacuvius

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Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art. [Lat., Meliora sunt ea quae natura quam illa quae arte perfecta sunt.]

Nature Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (II, 34)

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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.

Youth Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Cato; or, An Essay on Old Age

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