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169 Famous Quotes by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

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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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 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.]

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

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As thou sowest, so shalt thou reap. [Sp., Ut sementem feceris, ita metes.]

Results Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Oratore (II, 65)

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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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In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance. [Lat., In rebus prosperis, superbiam, fastidium arrogantiamque magno opere fugiamus.]

Prosperity Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 26)

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Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery. [Lat., Nimia libertas et populis et privatis in nimiam servitutem cadit.]

Slavery Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Republica (I, 44)

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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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No wise man ever thought that a traitor should be trusted. [Lat., Nemo unquam sapiens proditori credendum putavit.]

Treason Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Orationes In Verrem (II, 1, 15)

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In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. [Lat., Omnibus in rebus voluptatibus maximis fastidium finitimum est.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Oratore (III, 25)

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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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No one could ever meet death for his country without the hope of immortality. [Lat., Nemo unquam sine magna spe immortalitatatis se pro patria offerret ad mortem.]

Immortality Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 15)

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Let the punishment be equal with the offence. [Lat., Noxiae poena par esto.]

Punishment Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (bk. III, 20)

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The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body. [Lat., Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.]

Eyes Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (bk. II, 56)

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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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It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.

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

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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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Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed (from friendship). [Lat., Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur.]

Flattery Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Amicitia (XXIV)

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When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to the second or even the third rank. [Lat., Prima enim sequentem, honestumn est in secundis, tertiisque consistere.]

Ambition Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Oratore (I)

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Plato divinely calls pleasure the bait of evil, inasmuch as men are caught by it as fish by a hook. [Lat., Divine Plato escam malorum appeliat voluptatem, quod ea videlicet homines capiantur, ut pisces hamo.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Senectute (XIII, 44)

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Guilt is present in the very hesitation, even though the deed be not committed. [Lat., In ipsa dubitatione facinus inest, etiamsi ad id non pervererint.]

Guilt Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (III, 8)

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Death darkens his eyes, and unplumes his wings, Yet the sweetest song is the last he sings: Live so, my Love, that when death shall come, Swan-like and sweet it may waft thee home.

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

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