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Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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Marcus Tullius Cicero
106 BC - 43 BC
Nationality: Roman
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: Roman Statesman

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.


To live is to think.


In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.


Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.


It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.


Hatred is settled anger.


Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

    Topics: Age

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.


What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.


O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are, but also because you do not know how wretched you are!


What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.


In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.


The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.


An unjust peace is better than a just war.


Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.


This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.


To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning.


When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.


Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.


Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.


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