Cicero Quotes

Most popular Cicero Quotes

No sane man will dance.
— Cicero

dance

Thrift is a great revenue.
— Cicero
The law is silent during war.
— Cicero

war

What is dignity without honesty?
— Cicero
Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
— Cicero

peace

Where there is life there is hope.
— Cicero
Freedom is participation in power.
— Cicero
The sinews of war, unlimited money.

war

While there is life, there is hope.

hope

Laws are silent in the midst of arms.
— Cicero
They damn what they do not understand.
— Cicero
The beginning of all things are small.
— Cicero
A friend is, as it were, a second self.

friendship

A man of courage is also full of faith.
— Cicero

faith

You should eat to live; not live to eat.
— Cicero

food

The good of the people is the chief law.
— Cicero
The mind of each man is the man himself.
— Cicero
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
— Cicero

peace

Victory is by nature haughty and insolent.

victory

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.
— Cicero

proverbs

Dare to give true advice with all frankness.
— Cicero
There is no place more delightful than home.
— Cicero
I criticize by creation—not by finding fault.
— Cicero

criticism

A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
— Cicero
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
— Cicero

glory virtue

No man can give you wiser advice than yourself.
— Cicero
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

silence

A room without books is as a body without a soul.
— Cicero
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
— Cicero

adversity difficulties glory

Man is never less at leisure than when at leisure.
— Cicero
There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
— Cicero
Where is there dignity unless there is also honesty?

dignity

Speakers are most vehement when their cause is weak.
— Cicero

oratory

Grief is not in the nature of things, but an opinion.
— Cicero

sorrow

When fortune is fickle, the faithful friend is found.
— Cicero
The existence of virtue depends entirely upon its use.
— Cicero
Many wish not so much to be virtuous, as to seem to be.
— Cicero
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

humility

There is no fortress so strong that money cannot take it.
— Cicero
Courage is that virtue which champions the cause of right.
— Cicero
The thirst of desire is never filled, nor fully satisfied.
— Cicero
Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom.
— Cicero
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
— Cicero
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
— Cicero

freedom law

No man is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
— Cicero
Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
— Cicero

learning mind

The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body.

eyes

One day well spent is to be preferred to an eternity of error.
— Cicero
What is fitting is honorable, and what is honorable is fitting.
— Cicero
Men are like wines, age souring the bad, and bettering the good.
— Cicero
To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die.
— Cicero
No man should act as to make a gain off the ignorance of others.
— Cicero
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
— Cicero
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
— Cicero

garden libraries

A man only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
— Cicero
To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.
— Cicero

mistakes

Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art.
— Cicero
The most fruitful of all the arts [is] the science of living well.
— Cicero
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
— Cicero

oratory

Philosophy, if rightly defined, is nothing but the love of wisdom.
— Cicero
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
— Cicero

glory

The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
— Cicero
Whatever befalls in accordance with nature should be accounted good.
— Cicero
There is something pleasurable in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.

sorrow

The greatest incitement to crime is the hope of escaping punishment.
— Cicero

crime

Would that I could discover truth as easily as I can uncover falsehood.
— Cicero
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
— Cicero
Where pleasure prevails, all the greatest virtues will lose their power.

pleasure

The more peculiarly his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.

character

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
— Cicero

doing nothing

Man does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
— Cicero
In prosperity, let us take great care to avoid pride, scorn, and arrogance.
— Cicero
Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
— Cicero
The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
— Cicero

greatness

I wonder that a soothsayer doesn't laugh whenever he sees another soothsayer.
— Cicero
Let us not go over the old ground, let us rather prepare for what is to come.
— Cicero
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
— Cicero

justice

It is hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.
— Cicero
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
— Cicero
Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within.

action authenticity be yourself

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
— Cicero
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

gratitude

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
— Cicero

fortune

In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
— Cicero

health mental health

It is difficult to set bounds to the price unless you first set bounds to the wish.
— Cicero

wealth

The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.
— Cicero

gossip virtue

Nature has granted the use of life like a loan, without fixing any day for repayment.

life

Time destroys the speculations of man and omen, but it confirms the judgment of nature.
— Cicero
Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a parent than his children?
— Cicero
It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age.
— Cicero
We are all excited by the love of praise, and it is the noblest spirits that feel it most.
— Cicero
Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.
— Cicero

freedom

It is not only arrogant, but profligate, for a man to disregard the world's opinion of himself.
— Cicero
I follow nature as the surest guide, and resign myself, with implicit obedience, to her sacred ordinances.
— Cicero
For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.
— Cicero
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
— Cicero
When you wish to construct be brief. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
— Cicero
What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
— Cicero

teaching

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds, by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.
— Cicero
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

ability

History is . . . the witness of times, the torch of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity.
— Cicero
When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.
— Cicero
Intelligence, and reflection, and judgment, reside in old men, and if there had been none of them, no states could exist at all.
— Cicero
Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts by nature.
— Cicero
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
— Cicero

education intelligence

I can think of nothing more agreeable to the brain and the ear than a speech adorned and embellished with wise thoughts and fine language.

oratory

The precept, 'Know yourself,' was not solely intended to obviate the pride of mankind; but likewise that we might understand our own worth.
— Cicero
Avarice 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

avarice old age

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.
— Cicero
A careful physician, before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
— Cicero
Diligence, as it avails in all things, is also of the utmost moment in pleading causes. Diligence is to be particularly cultivated by us; it is to be constantly exerted, it is capable of effecting almost everything.
— Cicero

diligence

Never can custom conquer nature, for she is ever unconquered. This law then, was not written, but born. It is a law which we have not learned, received from others or read, but which we have derived, absorbed and copied from nature itself.