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

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

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.

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.

Whatever you do do with all your might.

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

O wretched man wretched not just because of what you are but also because you do not know how wretched you are!

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

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

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

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.

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.

Laws are silent in time of war.

No one can give you better advice than yourself.

It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much.

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

The best interpreter of the law is custom.

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

The sinews of war are infinite money.

True nobility is exempt from fear.

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