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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Frivolity is inborn conceit acquired by education.

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

A letter does not blush.

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

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

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

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended not what you said or thought.

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

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time which nevertheless seems endless.

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.

The magistrates are the ministers for the laws the judges their interpreters the rest of us are servants of the law that we all may be free.

We should not be so taken up in the search for truth as to neglect the needful duties of active life, for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.

Ability without honor is useless.

No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself.

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

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.

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

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

True glory takes root and even spreads, all false pretences like flowers fall to the ground, nor can any counterfeit last long.

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

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