Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

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

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

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We are obligated to respect, defend, and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.

We don’t believe a liar even when he tells the truth.

We are all imbued with the love of praise.

We are not born for our own sake.

Virtue is uniform, conformable to reason, and of unvarying consistency; nothing can be added to it that can make it more than virtue; nothing can be taken from it, and the name of virtue be left.

We are all excited by the love of praise, and the noblest are most influenced by glory.

Vicious habits are so great a stain to human nature, and so odious in themselves, that every person actuated by right reason would avoid them, though he were sure they; would be always concealed both from God and man, and had no future punishment entailed upon them.

They do more harm by their evil example than by their actual sin.

There is no grief which times does not lessen and soften.

There are those who find the “chief good” in virtue. Well, that is a noble doctrine. But the very virtue they talk of is the parent and preserver of friendship, and without it friendship cannot possibly exist.

There is no end of giving.

The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.

The highest glory is won by the highest virtue.

The law is silent during war.

The higher we are placed, the more humbly should we walk.

The most learned men have told us that only the wise man is free. What is freedom but the ability to live as one will? The man who lives as he wills is none other than the one who strives for the right, who does his duty, who plans his life with forethought, and who obeys the laws because he knows it is good for him, and not out of fear. Everything he says, does, or thinks is spontaneous and free. His tasks and conduct begin and end in himself, because nothing has so much influence over him as his own counsel and decision. Even the supreme power of fortune is submissive to him. The wise poet has reminded us that fortune is molded for each man by the manner of his life. Only the wise man does nothing against his will, or with regret and by compulsion. Thought this truth deserves to be discussed at greater length, it is nevertheless proverbial that no one is free except the wise. Evil men are nothing but slaves.

The happiest end of life is this: when the mind and the other senses being unimpaired, the same nature which put it together take asunder her own work.

The first bond of society is marriage; the next, our children; then the whole family and all things in common.

The greatest incitement to sin is the hope of not being punished.

The face is the image of the soul, and the eyes are its interpreter.

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues.

The existence of virtue depends entirely upon its use.

The consciousness of having done a splendid action is itself a sufficient reward.

The altogether courageous and great spirit has, above all, two characteristics. First, he is indifferent to outward circumstances. Such a person is convinced that nothing but moral goodness and propriety are worth admiring and striving for. He knows he ought not be subject to any person, passion, or accident of fortune. His second characteristic is that when his soul has been disciplined in this way, he should do things that are not only great and highly useful, but also deeds that are arduous, laborious and fraught with danger to life and to those things that make life worthwhile.

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

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