Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC) was a Roman politician and lawyer, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.

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

A home without books is a body without soul.

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

Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.

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

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

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

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

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.

I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

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

No sane man will dance.

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

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

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

The spirit is the true self. The spirit the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure.

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits and the names of their debtors and creditors.

Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.

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