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169 Famous Quotes by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

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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Nothing dries sooner than a tear. [Lat., Nihil enim lacryma citius arescit.]

Tears Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Ad Herrenium (II, 31, 50)

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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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Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest. [Lat., Meminerimus etiam adversus infimos justitiam esse servandam.]

Justice Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (III, 15)

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Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it. Second thoughts are best as the proverb says. [Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare; nullius, nisi insipientis, in errore perseverae. Posteriores enim cogitationes (ut aiunt) sapientiores solent esse.]

Thought Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Philippicoe (XII, 2)

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I am of the opinion which you have always held, that "viva voce" voting at elections is the best method. [Lat., Nam ego in ista sum sententia, qua te fuisse semper scio, nihil ut feurit in suffragiis voce melius.]

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

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In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought. [Lat., Semper in fide quid senseris, non quid dixeris, cogitandum.]

Honor Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 13)

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Man is his own worst enemy. [Lat., Nihil inimicius quam sibi ipse.]

Enemies Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistoloe ad Atticum (X, 12a, sec. III)

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Learning is a kind of natural food for the mind. [Lat., Doctrina est ingenii naturale quoddam pabulum.]

Learning Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: adapted from "Acad. Quaest.", 4, 41

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Extreme justice is extreme injustice. [Lat., Summum jus, summa injuria.]

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

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The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. [Lat., Imago animi vultus est, indices oculi.]

Soul Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Oratore (III, 59)

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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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War leads to peace. [Lat., Cedant arma togae.]

Peace Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 22)

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The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious. [Lat., Nam ut quisque est vir optimus, ita difficillime esse alios improbos suspicatur.]

Virtue Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistoloe Ad Fratrem (I, 1)

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No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy. [Lat., Nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse.]

Consistency Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistoloe ad Atticum (bk. XVI, 8)

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Ye immortal gods! where in the world are we? [Lat., O dii immortales! ubinam gentium sumus?]

Gods Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: In Catilinam (I, 4)

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Of evils one should choose the least. [Lat., Ex malis eligere minima oportere.]

Evil Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (bk. III, 1)

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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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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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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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