Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
If you aspire to the highest place it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third.
Vivere est cogitare. (To think is to live)
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 times
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
. . . 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....
A home without books is a body without soul.
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Democritus maintains that there can be no great poet without a spite of madness.
For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.
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 eternity
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.
Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Never injure a friend, even in jest.
No one can give you better advice than yourself.
No Sane man will dance.
Not to know the events which happened before one was born, that is to remain always a boy.
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.
Nothing quite new is perfect.
Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.
(No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.)
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
The spirit is the true self.
There is no place more delightful than home.
There is nothing so ridiculous absurd* but some philosopher has said 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.
While there's life, there's hope.

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