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The Best Cicero Quotes

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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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    47

    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.

  • 2
    142
    17

    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

  • 3
    93
    9

    A room without books is like a body without a soul.

  • 4
    108
    26

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

  • 5
    105
    29

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

  • 6
    84
    15

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

  • 7
    79
    17

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

  • 8
    73
    13

    They condemn what they do not understand.

  • 9
    72
    14

    Life is nothing without friendship.

  • 10
    59
    4

    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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    52
    2

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

  • 12
    56
    5

    I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.

  • 13
    52
    3

    Friends are proved by adversity.

  • 14
    69
    19

    While there's life, there's hope.

  • 15
    58
    10

    As you have sown so shall you reap.

  • 16
    55
    8

    Virtue is its own reward.

  • 17
    46
    6

    The good of the people is the greatest law.

  • 18
    50
    10

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

  • 19
    49
    11

    The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

  • 20
    47
    11

    Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.

  • 21
    41
    6

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

  • 22
    40
    6

    I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.

  • 23
    39
    5

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

  • 24
    36
    2

    Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

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    39
    6

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