Cicero

a linear unit of the size of type slightly larger than an em a Roman statesman and orator remembered for his mastery of Latin prose (106-43 BC)

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Anyone who has got a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.
The people's good is the highest law.
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.
A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.
A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.
All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like."
As the old proverb says Like readily consorts with like.
Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.
Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.
By doubting we come at truth.
By force of arms.
By force of arms.
(Vi Et Armis)
Can anything be more absurd than that the nearer we are to our journey?s end, we should lay in the more provision for it?
Endless money forms the sinews of war.
Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
Force overcome by force.
Force overcome by force.
(Vi Victa Vis)
Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
Friendship throws a greater lustre on prosperity, while it lightens adversity by sharing in its griefs and troubles.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature.
If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at second, or even the third place.
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.
It is a great thing to know our vices.
It is a true saying that "One falsehood leads easily to another".
It is a true saying that One falsehood leads easily to another.
Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.
Let the punishment match the offense.
Let your desires be ruled by reason.
Let your desires be ruled by reason.
(Appetitus Rationi Pareat)
Life is nothing without friendship.
Live as brave men and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Nature herself makes the wise man rich.
Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.
Our thoughts are free.
Reason should direct and appetite obey.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Strain every nerve to gain your point.
Such praise coming from so degraded a source, was degrading to me, its recipient.
The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature.
The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness.
The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
The freedom of poetic license.
The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated.
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.
The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart mark and avoid him.
The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.
The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
(Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex)
The wise are instructed by reason ordinary minds by experience the stupid, by necessity and brutes by instinct.
The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.
There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.
There is no being of any race who, if he finds the proper guide, cannot attain to virtue.
There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.
There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.
They condemn what they do not understand.
To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.
To each his own.
To each his own.
(Suum Cuique)
We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
What a time! What a civilization!
What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain.
When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff.
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?

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