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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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46 2
Friends are proved by adversity. Cicero

110 10
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. Cicero

151 18
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Cicero

96 8
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

94 8
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. Cicero

250 46
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

109 12
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Cicero

73 6
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero

65 5
As you have sown so shall you reap. Cicero

47 3
The good of the people is the greatest law. Cicero

68 6
They condemn what they do not understand. Cicero

15 0
Reason should direct and appetite obey. Cicero

54 4
Virtue is its own reward. Cicero

45 3
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. Cicero

35 2
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. Cicero

85 11
Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero

76 9
While there's life, there's hope. Cicero

25 1
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances. Cicero

25 1
It is better to receive than to do injury. Cicero

34 2
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41 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

24 1
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero

24 1
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero

40 3
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Cicero

52 5
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. Cicero