Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

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A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within....for the traitor appears not to be a traitor...he rots the soul of a nation...he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.


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


Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honor them.

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


Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.


Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.


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The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force.

One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.


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


Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.


Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.


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


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


When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent;

it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself.


About Marcus Tullius Cicero

Quotes 1036 sayings
Nationality Roman
Profession Statesman
Birthday January 3, 106 BC

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.


Never was a government that was not composed of liars, malefactors and thieves.


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


The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living.

The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another's heart.


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


People don't know the value of what they have until it is gone: Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.... Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude. Don't wait till freedom is gone before you enjoy, value, support, protect and make the most of it!


To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?


I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.


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


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


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


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.


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


Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.


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


Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.


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


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


Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.


They condemn what they do not understand.


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


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


The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt.


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


Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.


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


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


If you wish to persuade me, you must think my thoughts, feel my feelings, and speak my words.


A man of courage is also full of faith.


An unjust peace is better than a just war.


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.


The home is the empire! There is no peace more delightful than one's own fireplace.


While there's life, there's hope.


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


They who say that we should love our fellow-citizens but not foreigners, destroy the universal brotherhood of mankind, with which benevolence and justice would perish forever.


The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.