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  1. Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.


  2. A room without books is like a body without a soul.


  3. Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.


  4. Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.




  5. Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.


  6. The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.


  7. There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.


  8. Life is nothing without friendship.


  9. A friend is, as it were, a second self.

    • friends

  10. I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.


  11. They condemn what they do not understand.


  12. A community is like the ones who govern it.


  13. Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.


  14. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.


  15. I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.


  16. To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.


  17. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.


  18. The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.


  19. Ability without honor is useless.

    • ability

  20. It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness.


  21. It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.


  22. The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.


  23. It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.


  24. If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.


  25. The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.


  26. Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.


  27. I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.


  28. A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.


  29. Before beginning, plan carefully.


  30. What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.



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About Marcus Tullius Cicero

Name Marcus Tullius Cicero
About Marcus Tullius Cicero ; Ancient Greek: Κικέρων Kikerōn; 3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 B
Quotes 252 quotes
Nationality Roman
Profession Statesman
Birthday January 3, 106 BC
Top topics friends, live, mind, soul, nature

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What are the best friends quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero?


    Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

    • friendship

    Life is nothing without friendship.

    • friends

    A friend is, as it were, a second self.

    • friends

    Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

    • friendship

    Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.

    • friends

    What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

    • friends

    Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.

    • friends

    Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.

    • friends

    There is no more sure tie between friends than when they are united in their objects and wishes.

    • friends

    For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.

    • friends

    Friends are proved by adversity.

    • friends

    Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief

    • friendship

    Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.

    • friendship

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What are the best live quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero?


    Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.


    To live is to think.


    Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.


    What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.

    • freedom

    The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.


    If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.

    • live

    The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due.

    • live

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What are the best mind quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero?


    Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.


    Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.


    All things tend to corrupt perverted minds.

    • mind

    ...for until that God who rules all the region of the sky...has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed...

    • mind

    In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.


    In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.

    • mind

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What are the best soul quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero?


    A room without books is like a body without a soul.

    • reading

    The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.


    One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees.


    Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.


    Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.


    A home without books is a body without soul.


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What are the best nature quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero?


    Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.

    • consistent

    According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.


    Nature abhors annihilation.


    Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.

    • character

    Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.


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There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.


No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.


A person who is wise does nothing against their will, nothing with sighing or under coercion.


Advice is judged by results, not by intention.




Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

  • learning

Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.


Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame.


When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.


I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.

  • peace

What is permissible is not always honorable.


It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.


As you have sown so shall you reap.


A man of courage is also full of faith.

  • bravery

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.


Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

  • children

While there's life, there's hope.


To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.


He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.


Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.


Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.


No well-informed person ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind.


So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.


If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.


To the sick, while there is life there is hope.


Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

  • friendship

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.


All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.


The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.


Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.


Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.


Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.


There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.

  • home

He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.

  • criticism

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

  • memory

Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.

  • friends

The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money.


Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.


The foundation of justice is good faith.

  • justice

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.


In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.


A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.

  • sympathy

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.


The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish.

  • age

It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.


When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.


The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.


There is in superstition a senseless fear of God.


Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God.

  • superstition

The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated.

  • pain

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.

  • consistent

Honor is the reward of virtue.


There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.

  • philosophy

Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually?


You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.

  • age

Hatred is inveterate anger.


It is better to receive than to do injury.


Nature abhors annihilation.

  • abhors

They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.

  • conversation

The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.


Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.


There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.

  • evil

Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.

  • friends

There is no one so old as to not think they may live a day longer.

  • age

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.


The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.


What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?


You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.


He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.


The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.


According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.

  • according

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

  • friends

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.

  • hate

Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.

  • freedom

Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.


The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.


Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

  • confidence

In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.


Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.


Thrift is of great revenue.


Let reason govern desire.


Reason should direct and appetite obey.

  • reason

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

  • ability

Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?


Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.


For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.

  • friends

The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.


Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.

  • friends

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.

  • brevity

Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.

  • gifts

There is no more sure tie between friends than when they are united in their objects and wishes.

  • friends

No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.

  • bravery

No one can give you better advice than yourself.

  • advice

Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.

  • mind

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.

  • speeches

Great is the power, great is the authority of a senate that is unanimous in its opinions.


The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

  • ambition

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.


Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.


A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.


Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.


Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.

  • nature

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.


Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.

  • silence

The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind.


...for until that God who rules all the region of the sky...has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed...

  • mind

Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.

  • death

An unjust peace is better than a just war.

  • war

All things tend to corrupt perverted minds.

  • mind

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.


Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

  • adverse

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.

  • age

Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.

  • character

One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees.

  • accompanying

Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved.


A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.


The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.


No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.


Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.

  • friendship

Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.


Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.



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