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

The mind of each man is the man himself.
— Cicero
You should eat to live; not live to eat.
— Cicero

food

The good of the people is the chief law.
— Cicero
Victory is by nature haughty and insolent.

victory

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
— Cicero

peace

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
There is no fortress so strong that money cannot take it.
— Cicero
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

humility

Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom.
— Cicero
The thirst of desire is never filled, nor fully satisfied.
— Cicero
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
— Cicero
Courage is that virtue which champions the cause of right.
— 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
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
— Cicero
No man should act as to make a gain off the ignorance of others.
— Cicero
To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die.
— Cicero
Men are like wines, age souring the bad, and bettering the good.
— Cicero
A man only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
— Cicero
Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art.
— Cicero
To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace.
— Cicero

mistakes

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
— Cicero

garden libraries

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

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

Whatever befalls in accordance with nature should be accounted good.
— Cicero
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
— Cicero
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.
— Cicero
Would that I could discover truth as easily as I can uncover falsehood.
— 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

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
Man does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
— Cicero
The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
— Cicero

greatness

Let us not go over the old ground, let us rather prepare for what is to come.
— Cicero
I wonder that a soothsayer doesn't laugh whenever he sees another soothsayer.
— 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
Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within.

action authenticity be yourself

He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
— Cicero
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

gratitude

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
— Cicero
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

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

gossip virtue

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

wealth

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

life

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a parent than his children?
— Cicero
Time destroys the speculations of man and omen, but it confirms the judgment of nature.
— 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.