Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully
106
43 B.C.

Roman Philosopher, Statesman, Lawyer, Political Theorist, and Roman Constitutionalist, considered one of Rome's greatest Orators and Prose Stylists

Author Quotes

The more laws, the less justice.

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Probabilities direct the conduct of the wise man.

Justice is one: it binds all human society and is based on one law.

Let the good of the people be the chief law.

Control thyself.

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

Ability without honor is useless.

All I can do is to urge you to put friendship ahead of all other human concerns, for there is nothing so suited to man's nature, nothing that can mean so much to him, whether in good times or in bad… I am inclined to think that with the exception of wisdom, the gods have given nothing finer to men than this.

Whatever that be which thinks, understand, wills, and acts, it is something celestial and divine.

Nature has instilled [planted] in our minds an insatiable desire to see truth.

True law is right reason comfortably to nature, universal, unchangeable, eternal, whose commands urge us to duty, and whose prohibitions restrain us from evil.

We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink.

To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.

To live is to think... Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.

Time destroys the groundless conceits of man, but confirms that which is founded on nature and reality.

Time is the herald of truth.

This, therefore, is a law not found in books, but written on the fleshy tablets of the heart, which we have not learned from man, received or read, but which we have caught up from Nature herself, sucked in and imbibed; taught, but for which we were made; we received it not by education, but by intuition.

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

There is not a moment without some duty.

There is, I know not how, in the minds of men, a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence, and this takes the deepest root, and is most discoverable, in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.

There is in superstition a senseless fear of God.

There is no mortal whom pain and disease do not reach.

There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment. Or rather, may I say that it is enough to get a wrong-doer to repent of his misdeed, so that he may not repeat the offense, and also a means of deterring others from doing wrong.

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.

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First Name
Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully
Birth Date
106
Death Date
43 B.C.
Bio

Roman Philosopher, Statesman, Lawyer, Political Theorist, and Roman Constitutionalist, considered one of Rome's greatest Orators and Prose Stylists