Marcus Tullius Cicero

a Roman statesman and orator remembered for his mastery of Latin prose (106-43 BC)

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. . . for until that God who rules all the region of the sky. . . has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed....Rate it:
A friend is, as it were, a second self.Rate it:
A home without books is a body without soul.Rate it:
A room without books is like a body without a soul.Rate it:
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.Rate it:
Democritus maintains that there can be no great poet without a spite of madness.Rate it:
For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.Rate it:
For if that last day does not occasion an entire extinction, but a change of abode only, what can be more desirable And if it, on the other hand, destroys and absolutely puts an end to us, what can be preferable to having a deep sleep fall on us in the midst of the fatigues of life and, being thus overtaken, to sleep to eternityRate it:
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.Rate it:
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.Rate it:
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.Rate it:
I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.Rate it:
If you aspire to the highest place it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third.Rate it:
It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.Rate it:
Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.Rate it:
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.Rate it:
Never injure a friend, even in jest.Rate it:
No one can give you better advice than yourself.Rate it:
No Sane man will dance.Rate it:
Not to know the events which happened before one was born, that is to remain always a boy.Rate it:
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.Rate it:
Nothing quite new is perfect.Rate it:
Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.
(No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.)
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The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.Rate it:
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.Rate it:
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.Rate it:
The spirit is the true self.Rate it:
There is no place more delightful than home.Rate it:
There is nothing so ridiculous absurd* but some philosopher has said it.Rate it:
To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier timesRate it:
Vivere est cogitare. (To think is to live)Rate it:
When you wish to instruct, be brief that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.Rate it:
While there's life, there's hope.Rate it:

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