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169 Famous Quotes by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Every evil in the bud is easily crushed; as it grows older, it becomes stronger. [Lat., Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur; inveteratum fit pleurumque robustius.]

Evil Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Philippicoe (V, 11)

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Not only is that an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it. [Lat., Nam non solum scire aliquid, artis est, sed quaedam ars etiam docendi.]

Knowledge Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (II, 19)

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Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted. [Lat., Cavendum est ne major poena quam culpa sit; et ne iisdem de causis alii plectantur, alii ne appellentur quidem.]

Punishment Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 23)

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What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered. [Lat., Male parta, male dilabuntur.]

Possession Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Philippicoe (II, 27)

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It is a common saying that many pecks of salt must be eaten before the duties of friendship can be discharged. [Lat., Vulgo dicitur multos modios salis simul edendos esse, ut amicitia munus expletum sit.]

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

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His deeds do not agree with his words. [Lat., Facta ejus cum dictis discrepant.]

Deeds Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Finibus (bk. II, 30)

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Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.

Courage Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (bk. III, ch. VIII), (Yonge's translation)

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This is a proof of a well-trained mind, to rejoice in what is good and to grieve at the opposite. [Lat., Ergo hoc proprium est animi bene constituti, et laetari bonis rebus, et dolere contrariis.]

Goodness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Amicitia (XIII)

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Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men. [Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt, quam salutem hominibus dando.]

Goodness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Quinto Ligario (XII)

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What's the good of it? for whose advantage? [Lat., Cui bono?]

Goodness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Sextio Roscio Amerino (XXX), quoted from Lucius Cassius' "Second Philippic"

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When they hold their tongues they cry out. [Lat., Cum tacent clamant.]

Silence Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: In Catilinam (1, 8)

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At whose sight, like the sun, All others with diminish'd lustre shone.

Comparisons Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (bk. III, div. 18), (Yonge's translation)

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Like lips like lettuce (i.e. like has met its like). (Lat., Similem habent labra lactucam.]

Comparisons Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (bk. III, div. 18), (Yonge's translation)

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Justice renders to every one his due. [Lat., Justitia suum cuique distribuit.]

Justice Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (I, 15)

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Justice extorts no reward, no kind of price; she is sought, therefore, for her own sake. [Lat., Justitia nihil exprimit praemii, nihil pretii: per se igitur expetitur.]

Justice Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (I, 18)

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The foundations of justice are that on one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted. [Lat., Fundamenta justitiae sunt, ut ne cui noceatur, deinde ut communi utilitati serviatur.]

Justice Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 10)

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Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. [Lat., Gloria virtutem tanquam umbra sequitur.]

Glory Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 45)

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Prudence must not be expected from a man who is never sober. [Lat., Non est ab homine nunquam sobrio postulanda prudentia.]

Drinking Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Philippicoe (II, 32)

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I have never yet known a poet who did not think himself super-excellent. [Lat., Adhue neminem cognovi poetam, qui sibi non optimus videretur.]

Poets Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 22)

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Certain signs precede certain events. [Lat., Certis rebus certa signa praecurrunt.]

Future Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Divinatione (I, 52)

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All places are filled with fools. [Lat., Stultorum plenea sunt omnia.]

Folly Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistles (IX, 22)

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To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace. [Lat., Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est.]

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

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No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars. [Lat., Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.]

Stars Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Divinatione (II, 13)

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To-morrow will give some food for thought. [Lat., Aliquod crastinus dies ad cogitandum dabit.]

Tomorrow Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistoloe Ad Atticum (XV, 8)

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There are no true friends in politics.

Politics Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (III, 15)

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