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The Best Cicero Quotes 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4.6k votes 991 voters 53.6k views

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A list of the best Cicero quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Cicero quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Cicero quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Cicero should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Cicero quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Cicero quotes?" and "What is the most famous Cicero quote?"

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The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence. Cicero
2
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Cicero
3
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Cicero
4
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. Cicero
5
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero
6
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. Cicero
7
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero
8
Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero
9
While there's life, there's hope. Cicero
10
They condemn what they do not understand. Cicero
11
As you have sown so shall you reap. Cicero
12
Virtue is its own reward. Cicero
13
Before beginning, plan carefully. Cicero
14
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. Cicero
15
Friends are proved by adversity. Cicero
16
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. Cicero
17
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory. Cicero
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michaelj72 added 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.
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Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. Cicero
20
The good of the people is the greatest law. Cicero
21
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. Cicero
22
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. Cicero
23
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Cicero
24
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Cicero
25
Let reason govern desire. Cicero