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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In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.

What nobler employment or more valuable to the state than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

Rashness belongs to youth, prudence to old age.

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

Hatred is inveterate anger.

Honor is the reward of virtue.

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character boils over and is at once dissipated and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea himself standing unmoved.

In everything satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.

In time of war the laws are silent.

An unjust peace is better than a just war.

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

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.

Never go to excess but let moderation be your guide.

The good of the people is the greatest law.

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

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

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.

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

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

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