Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes - 25 The Best Ones

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes – 25 The Best Ones

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (On the laws)

“In times of war, the law falls silent.
Silent enim leges inter arma”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.)”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Non nobis solum nati sumus.
Not for ourselves alone are we born.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (Philippics (Cicero, Vol 15))

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12)

“Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (De Senectute, De Amicitia)

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one’s self to die.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It is a great thing to know your vices.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

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