Cicero Quotes and Sayings

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist. Cicero is widely considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.

Cicero Quotes and Sayings

The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
– Cicero

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey’s end.
– Cicero

A friend is, as it were, a second self.
– Cicero

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
– Cicero

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
– Cicero

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
– Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
– Cicero

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
– Cicero

The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.
– Cicero

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
– Cicero

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.
– Cicero

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
– Cicero

Virtue is its own reward.
– Cicero

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

Ability without honor is useless.
– Cicero

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.
– Cicero

There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
– Cicero

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.
– Cicero

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
– Cicero

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
– Cicero

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
– Cicero

Whatever you do, do with all your might.
– Cicero


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