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169 Famous Quotes by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

I hear Socrates saying that the best seasoning for food is hunger; for drink, thirst. [Lat., Socratem audio dicentem, cibi condimentum essa famem, potionis sitim.]

Hunger Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (II, 28)

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In our amusements a certain limit is to be placed that we may not devote ourselves to a life of pleasure and thence fall into immorality. [Lat., Ludendi etiam est quidam modus retinendus, ut ne nimis omnia profundamus, elatique voluptate in aliquam turpitudinem delabamur.]

Pleasure Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (I, 29)

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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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Pleasure blinds (so to speak) the eyes of the mind, and has no fellowship with virtue. [Lat., Voluptas mentis (ut ita dicam) praestringit oculos, nec habet ullum cum virtute commercium.]

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

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Habit is, as it were, a second nature. [Lat., Consuetudo quasi altera natura effici.]

Habit Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 25)

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Because all the sick do not recover, therefore medicine is not an art. [Lat., Aegri quia non omnes convalescunt, idcirco ars nulla medicina est.]

Medicine Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (II, 4)

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In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men. [Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando.]

Health Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Pro Ligario (XII)

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I shall always consider the best guesser the best prophet. [Lat., Bene qui conjiciet, vatem hunc perhibebo optimum.]

Prophecy (prophesy) Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Divinatione (II, 5), Greek adage

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The beginnings of all things are small. [Lat., Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.]

Beginnings Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 21)

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First things first, second things never.

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

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We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind. [Lat., In animi securitate vitam beatam ponimus.]

Happiness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Natura Deorum (I, 20)

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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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Men ought to be most annoyed by the sufferings which come from their own faults.] [Lat., Ea molestissime ferre homines debent quae ipsorum culpa ferenda sunt.]

Faults Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Epistoloe ad Fratrem (I, 1)

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It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others, and to forget his own. [Lat., Est proprium stultitiae aliorum vitia cernere, oblivisci suorum.]

Faults Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (III, 30)

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Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters. [Lat., Animi labes nec diuturnitate vanescere nec omnibus ullis elui potest.]

Wickedness Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Legibus (II, 10)

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He takes the greatest ornament from friendship, who takes modesty from it. [Lat., Maximum ornamentum amicitiae tollit, qui ex ea tollit verecudiam.]

Modesty Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Amicitia (XX)

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Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Modesty Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sec. LVI)

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Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed. [Lat., Nihil est autem tam voluere, quam maledictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur.]

Calumny Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXIII)

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Calumny is only the noise of madmen.

Calumny Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXIII)

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It is better to receive than to do an injury. [Lat., Accipere quam facere injuiam praestat.]

Injury Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 19)

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To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless. [Lat., Negligere quid de se quisque sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino dissoluti.]

Reputation Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Officiis (1, 28)

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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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Trust no one unless you have eaten much salt with him. [Lat., Nemini fidas, nisi cum quo prius multos modios salis absumpseris.]

Eating Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: De Amicitia (19, 67)

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Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. [Lat., Esse oportet ut vivas, non vivere ut edas.]

Eating Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Rhetoricorum Ad C. Herennium (IV, 7)

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It is the act of a bad man to deceive by falsehood. [Lat., Improbi hominis est mendacio fallere.]

Deceit Quotes, by Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) , Source: Oratio Pro Murena (XXX)

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