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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.

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82 5
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. Cicero

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131 12
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Cicero

92 7
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. Cicero

103 9
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Cicero

55 3
As you have sown so shall you reap. Cicero

44 2
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory. Cicero

223 40
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

30 1
No well-informed person ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind. Cicero

83 7
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

58 4
They condemn what they do not understand. Cicero

39 2
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. Cicero

80 8
Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero

45 3
Virtue is its own reward. Cicero

14 0
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. Cicero

14 0
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent. Cicero

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34 2
Friends are proved by adversity. Cicero

34 2
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration. Cicero

70 8
While there's life, there's hope. Cicero

41 3
The good of the people is the greatest law. Cicero

58 6
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero

32 2
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. Cicero

13 0
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Cicero

39 3
Let reason govern desire. Cicero

23 1
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. Cicero

43 4
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. Cicero

37 3
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. Cicero

30 2
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Cicero

22 1
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero

52 6
Before beginning, plan carefully. Cicero

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12 0
Reason should direct and appetite obey. Cicero

35 3
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. Cicero

21 1
It is better to receive than to do injury. Cicero

44 5
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. Cicero

20 1
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero

20 1
We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind. Cicero

33 3
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Cicero

33 3
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Cicero

27 2
A friend is, as it were, a second self. Cicero

37 4
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. Cicero

37 4
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Cicero

26 2
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. Cicero

19 1
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances. Cicero

19 1
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends. Cicero

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31 3
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46 7
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. Cicero

18 1
There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act. Cicero

34 4
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually? Cicero

24 2
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

10 0
The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish. Cicero

10 0
Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties. Cicero