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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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59 3
As you have sown so shall you reap. Cicero

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137 13
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Cicero

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96 7
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. Cicero

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105 9
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Cicero

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228 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

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85 7
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. Cicero

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

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84 8
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

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48 3
Virtue is its own reward. Cicero

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15 0
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. Cicero

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61 5
They condemn what they do not understand. Cicero

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45 3
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory. Cicero

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81 9
Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero

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44 3
The good of the people is the greatest law. Cicero

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35 2
Friends are proved by adversity. Cicero

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62 6
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero

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71 8
While there's life, there's hope. Cicero

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42 3
Let reason govern desire. Cicero

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34 2
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. Cicero

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

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41 3
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. Cicero

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33 2
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. Cicero

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46 4
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. Cicero

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13 0
Reason should direct and appetite obey. Cicero

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39 3
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. Cicero

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23 1
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero

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23 1
It is better to receive than to do injury. Cicero

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

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23 1
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. Cicero

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55 6
Before beginning, plan carefully. Cicero

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38 3
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. Cicero

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37 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

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22 1
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances. Cicero

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46 5
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. Cicero

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28 2
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. Cicero

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28 2
A friend is, as it were, a second self. Cicero

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34 3
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Cicero

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39 4
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Cicero

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39 4
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. Cicero

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

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20 1
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends. Cicero

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33 3
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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26 2
michaelj72 added If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

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19 1
They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper. Cicero

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48 7
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. Cicero

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36 4
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually? Cicero

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25 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

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

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34 4
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. Cicero

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