Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes
I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things.
Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom.
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Friendship renders prosperity more brilliant, while it lightens adversity by sharing it and making its burden common.
The more laws, the less justice.
The foundation of justice is good faith.
Every evil in the bud is easily crushed: as it grows older, it becomes stronger.
These studies are a spur to the young, a delight to the old; an ornament in prosperity, a consoling refuge in adversity; they are pleasure for us at home, and no burden abroad; they stay up with us at night, they accompany us when we travel, they are with us in our country visits.
My precept to all who build, is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, and not the house to the owner.
A good deed in the wrong place is like an evil deed.
The mind of each man is the man himself.
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
What greater and better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and to instruct our young?
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
If only every man would make proper use of his strength and do his utmost, he need never regret his limited ability.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters.
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