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A youth of sensuality and intemperance delivers over to old age a worn-out body. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A sensual and intemperate youth hands over a worn-out body to old age.
[Lat., Libidinosa etenim et intemperans adolescentiam effoetum corpus tradit senectuti.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When trying a case [the famous judge] L. Cassius never failed to inquire "Who gained by it?" Man's character is such that no one undertakes crimes without hope of gain. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I have sworn with my tongue, but my mind is unsworn.
[Lat., Juravi lingua, mentem injuratem gero.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is disgraceful when the passers-by exclaim, O ancient house! alas, how unlike is thy present master to thy former one. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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N the face of a true friend a man sees as it were a second self ... -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For even if the allotted space of life be short, it is long enough in which to live honorably and well. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Those who lack within themselves the means for living a blessed and happy life will find any age painful.
- How to grow old: ancient wisdom for the second half of life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Persistence in a single view has never been regarded as a merit in political leaders. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I remember the very thing that I do not wish to; I cannot forget the things I wish to forget. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is not only arrogant, but it is profligate, for a man to disregard the world's opinion of himself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is virtue, virtue, which both creates and preserves friendship. On it depends harmony of interest, permanence, fidelity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If anyone cannot feel the power of God when he looks upon the stars, then I doubt whether he is capable of feeling at all. From the enduring wonder of the heavens flows all grace and power. If anyone thinks it is mindless then he himself must be out of his mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The whole glory of virtue resides in activity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The aim of justice is to give everyone his due. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The counsels of the Divine Mind had some glimpse of truth when they said that men are born in order to suffer the penalty for sins committed in a former life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men of different tastes have different pursuits. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The foundation of justice is good faith. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The foundations of justice are that on one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The comfort derived from the misery of others is slight. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our minds possess by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Too much liberty leads both men and nations to slavery. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no treasure the which may be compared unto a faithful friend; Gold some decayeth, and worldly wealth consumeth, and wasteth in the winde; But love once planted in a perfect and pure minde indureth weale and woe; The frownes of fortune, come they never so unkinde, cannot the same overthrowe. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts, it is something celestial and divine. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness.
[Lat., Stultum est in luctu capillum sibi evellere, quasi calvito maeror levaretur.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no praise in being upright, where no one can, or tries to corrupt you. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The divinity who rules within us, forbids us to leave this world without his command. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Mine is the disaster, if disaster there be; and to be severely distressed at one's own misfortunes does not show that you love your friend, but that you love yourself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I am never less alone than when alone. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The spirit is the true self. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To live long, live slowly. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.
[Lat., Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship is not to be sought for its wages, but because its revenue consists entirely in the love which it implies. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is like taking the sun out of the world, to bereave human life of friendship. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is not easy to distinguish between true and false affection, unless there occur one of those crises in which, as gold is tried by fire, so a faithful friendship may be tested by danger. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship is the only point in human affairs concerning the benefit of which all, with one voice, agree. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship embraces innumerable ends; turn where you will it is ever at your side; no barrier shuts it out; it is never untimely and never in the way. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship is nothing else than entire fellow feeling as to all things human and divine with mutual good-will and affection; and I doubt whether anything better than this, wisdom alone excepted, has been given to man. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is virtue itself that produces and sustains friendship, not without virtue can friendship by any possibility exist. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
[Lat., Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt, quam salutem hominibus dando.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature has granted the use of life like a loan, without fixing any day for repayment. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is a crime to put a Roman citizen in chains, it is an enormity to flog one, sheer murder to slay one: what, then, shall I say of crucifixion? It is impossible to find the word for such an abomination. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I cannot find a faithful message-bearer," he wrote to his friend, the scholar Atticus. "How few are they who are able to carry a rather weighty letter without lightening it by reading. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is a man's own dishonesty, his crimes, his wickedness, and boldness, that takes away from him soundness of mind; these are the furies, these the flames and firebrands, of the wicked. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Care must be taken that the punishment does not exceed the offence. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No phase of life, whether public or private, can be free from duty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our minds are rendered buoyant by exercise. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nulla (enim) res tantum ad dicendum proficit, quantum scriptio Nothing so much assists learning as writing down what we wish to remember. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill. - Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All literature, all philosophical treatises, all the voices of antiquity are full of examples for imitation, which would all lie unseen in darkness without the light of literature.. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Most happy is he who is entirely self-reliant, and who centers all his requirements in himself alone. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He is an eloquent man who can treat humble subjects with delicacy, lofty things impressively, and moderate things temperately. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is a difference between justice and consideration in one's relations to one's fellow men. It is the function of justice not to do wrong to one's fellow men of considerateness, not to wound their feelings. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? In heaven's name,Catiline, how long will you abuse ourpatience? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Should this my firm persuasion of the soul's immortality prove to be a mere delusion, it is at least a pleasing delusion, and I will cherish it to my last breath. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is not enough merely possess virtue, as if it were an art; it should be practiced. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A man does not wonder at what he sees frequently, even though he be ignorant of the reason. If anything happens which he has not seen before, he calls it a prodigy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Each part of life has its own pleasures. Each has its own abundant harvest, to be garnered in season. We may grow old in body, but we need never grow old in mind and spirit. No one is as old as to think he or she cannot live one more year. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I have never yet known a poet who did not think himself super-excellent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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They who dare to ask anything of a friend, by their very request seem to imply that they would do anything for the sake of that friend. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If you possess a library and a garden, you have everything you need. (translation from the French) Si vous possedez une bibliotheque et un jardin, vous avez tout ce qu'il vous faut. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I depart from life as from an inn, and not as from my home.
[Lat., Ex vita discedo, tanquam ex hospitio, non tanquam ex domo.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body.
[Lat., Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We should never so entirely avoid danger as to appear irresolute and cowardly; but, at the same time, we should avoid unnecessarily exposing ourselves to danger, than which nothing can be more foolish. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The most desirable thing in life after health and modest means is leisure with dignity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Inability to tell good from evil is the greatest worry of man's life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Quacks pretend to cure other men's disorders, but fail to find a remedy for their own. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The cultivation of the mind is a kind of food supplied for the soul of man. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Cultivation of the mind is as necessary as food to the body -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Mathematics is an obscure field, an abstruse science, complicated and exact; yet so many have attained perfection in it that we might conclude almost anyone who seriously applied himself would achieve a measure of success. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For as I like a man in whom there is something of the old, so I like a man in whom there is something of the young; and he who follows this maxim, in body will possibly be an old man but he will never be an old man in mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let every man practice the art that he knows best. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another's heart. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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My dear Scipio and Laelius. Men, of course, who have no resources in themselves for securing a good and happy life find every age burdensome. But those who look for all happiness from within can never think anything bad which Nature makes inevitable. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Every man's reputation proceeds from those of his own household. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Would that I could discover truth as easily as I can uncover falsehood. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We must be ever on the search for some persons whom we shall love and who will love us in return. If good will and affection are taken away, every joy is taken from life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Man's best support is a very dear friend. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Hours and days and months and years go by; the past returns no more, and what is to be we cannot know; but whatever the time gives us in which we live, we should therefore be content. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters.
[Lat., Animi labes nec diuturnitate vanescere nec omnibus ullis elui potest.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That, Senators, is what a favour from gangs amounts to. They refrain from murdering someone; then they boast that they have spared him! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In our amusements a certain limit is to be placed that we may not devote ourselves to a life of pleasure and thence fall into immorality. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Laughing, laughing, laughing, laughing! It is the jester! A voice from the Void, to cheer poor Cicero! I accept your gift, dearest Night Mother. Thank you for my laughter. Thank you for my friend. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No power on earth, if it labours beneath the burden of fear, can possibly be strong enough to survive. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Reason is the mistress and queen of all things.
[Lat., Domina omnium et regina ratio.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That man is guilty of impertinence who considers not the circumstances of time, or engrosses the conversation, or makes himself the subject of his discourse, or pays no regard to the company he is in. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If you would abolish covetousness, you must abolish its mother, profusion. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men do not realize how great an income thrift is. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That is probable which for the most part usually comes to pass, or which is a part of the ordinary beliefs of mankind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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War should be undertaken in such a way as to show that its only object is peace. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair. I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He who has once deviated from the truth, usually commits perjury with as little scruple as he would tell a lie.
[Lat., Qui semel a veritate deflexit, hic non majore religione ad perjurium quam ad mendacium perduci consuevit.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The consciousness of good intention is the greatest solace of misfortunes. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Grief is not in the nature of things, but in opinion. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Wars, therefore, are to be undertaken for this end, that we may live in peace, without being injured; but when we obtain the victory, we must preserve those enemies who behaved without cruelty or inhumanity during the war. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Whatever befalls in accordance with nature should be accounted good. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature loves nothing solitary, and always reaches out to something, as a support, which ever in the sincerest friend is most delightful. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is dignity without honesty? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A man would have no pleasures in discovering all the beauties of the universe, even in heaven itself, unless he had a partner to whom he might communicate his joys. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Sweet is the recollection of difficulties overcome. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let the punishment match the offense. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The higher our position the more modestly we should behave. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Through doubt we arrive at the truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Not only is there an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The real friend is another self. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nor do I regret that I have lived, since I have so lived that I think I was not born in vain, and I quit life as if it were an inn, not a home. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Were floods of tears to be unloosed In tribute to my grief, The doves of Noah ne'er had roost Nor found an olive-leaf. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We are not born, we do not live for ourselves alone; our country, our friends, have a share in us. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Leisure consists in all those virtuous activities by which a man grows morally, intellectually, and spiritually. It is that which makes a life worth living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Kindness is produced by kindness. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
[Lat., Quod enim munus reiplicae afferre majus, meliusve possumus, quam si docemus atque erudimus juventutem?] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I do not now so much as wish to have the Strength of Youth again that I wish'd in Youth for the Strength of an Ox or Elephant. For it is our Business only to make the best Use we can of the Powers granted us by Nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He who hangs on the errors of the ignorant multitude, must not be counted among great men. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The proof of a well-trained mind is that it rejoices in which is good and grieves at the opposite. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A man of faith is also full of courage -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For he (Cato) gives his opinion as if he were in Plato's Republic, not in Romulus' cesspool. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What society does to its children, so will its children do to society. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No sensible man (among the many things that have been written on this kind) ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind.
[Lat., Nemo doctus unquam (multa autem de hoc genere scripta sunt) mutationem consili inconstantiam dixit esse.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We are bound by the law, so that we may be free. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To the sick, while there is life there is hope.
[Lat., Aegroto dum anima est, spes est.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For there is assuredly nothing dearer to a man than wisdom, and though age takes away all else, it undoubtedly brings us that. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed . -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No sober person dances. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To err is human, but to persevere in error is only the act of a fool. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Before beginning, prepare carefully. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For as the law is set over the magistrate, even so are the magistrates set over the people. And therefore, it may be truly said, that the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law is a silent magistrate. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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History is the witness of the times, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is, I know not how, 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. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Not to have knowledge of what happened before you were born is to be condemned to live as a child. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Death darkens his eyes, and unplumes his wings, Yet the sweetest song is the last he sings: Live so, my Love, that when death shall come, Swan-like and sweet it may waft thee home. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Whatever is graceful is virtuous, and whatever is virtuous is graceful. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I look upon the pleasure which we take in a garden as one of the most innocent delights in human life ... It gives us a great insight into the contrivance and wisdom of Nature, and suggests innumerable subjects for meditation. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
[Lat., Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To be ignorant of history is to remain always a child. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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History is the teacher of life -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing cruel is in fact beneficial; for cruelty is extremely hostile to the nature of man, which we ought to follow. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Death approaches, which is always impending like the stone over Tantalus: then comes superstition with which he who is imbued can never have peace of mind.
[Lat., Accedit etiam mors, quae quasi saxum Tantalo semper impendit: tum superstitio, qua qui est imbutus quietus esse numquam potest.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue.
[Lat., Nam quae voluptate, quasi mercede aliqua, ad officium impellitur, ea non est virtus sed fallax imitatio simulatioque virtutis.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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An old man with something of the youth in him, may feel young in mind and heart only. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Scurrility has no object in view but incivility; if it is uttered from feelings of petulance, it is mere abuse; if it is spoken in a joking manner, it may be considered raillery. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The beauty of the world and the orderly arrangement of everything celestial makes us confess that there is an excellent and eternal nature, which ought to be worshiped and admired by all mankind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There were poets before Homer. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is sufficient reward in the mere consciousness of a good action. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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So it may well be believed that when I found him taking a complete holiday, with a vast supply of books at command, he had the air of indulging in a literary debauch, if the term may be applied to so honorable an occupation. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Everything that thou reprovest in another, thou must most carefully avoid in thyself.
[Lat., Omnia quae vindicaris in altero, tibi ipsi vehementer fugienda sunt.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Thrift is of great revenue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Thrift is a great revenue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquities. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We can more easily avenge an injury than requite a kindness; on this account, because there is less difficulty in getting the better of the wicked than in making one's self equal with the good. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The office of liberality consisteth in giving with judgment. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Laws are inoperative in war -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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While the sick man has life, there is hope. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing so cements and holds together all the parts of a society as faith or credit, which can never be kept up unless men are under some force or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Time is the herald of truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no life without friendship -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is not the place that maketh the person, but the person that maketh the place honorable. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Within the character of the citizen, lies the welfare of the nation. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friends are proved by adversity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no fortune so strong that money cannot take it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is sweeter than lettered ease? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Life without learning is death. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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While all other things are uncertain, evanescent, and ephemeral, virtue alone is fixed with deep roots; it can neither be overthrown by any violence or moved from its place. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret
that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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People do not understand what a great revenue economy is. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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This is a proof of a well-trained mind, to rejoice in what is good and to grieve at the opposite.
[Lat., Ergo hoc proprium est animi bene constituti, et laetari bonis rebus, et dolere contrariis.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He removes the greatest ornament of friendship who takes away from it respect. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let arms yield to the toga, let the [victor's] laurel yield to the [orator's] tongue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The gods attend to great matters, they neglect small ones. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Peace is liberty in tranquillity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Thus in the beginning the world was so made that certain signs come before certain events. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let art, then, imitate nature, find what she desires, and follow as she directs. For in invention nature is never last, education never first; rather the beginnings of things arise from natural talent, and ends are reached by discipline. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Ability without honor is useless. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A dissolute and intemperate youth hands down the body to old age in a worn-out state. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is difficult to set bounds to the price unless you first set bounds to the wish. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There are gems of thought that are ageless and eternal. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There are two ways to resolve conflicts, through violence or through negotiation. Violence is for wild beasts, negotiation is for human beings. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Never injure a friend, even in jest. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men, in whatever anxiety they may be, if they are men, sometimes indulge in relaxation. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In times of war, the law falls silent.
Silent enim leges inter arma -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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More is lost by indecision than wrong decision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity. It will steal you blind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing dries sooner than a tear. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We must not only obtain Wisdom: we must enjoy her. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Empire and liberty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Books are the food of youth, the delight of old age; the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity; a delight at home, and no hindrance abroad; companions by night, in traveling, in the country. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Leisure with dignity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I am pleased to be praised by a man so praised as you, father. [Words used by Hector.]
[Lat., Laetus sum
Laudari me abs te, pater, laudato viro.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Yield, ye arms, to the toga; to civic praise, ye laurels. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Piety and holiness of life will propitiate the gods.
[Lat., Deos placatos pietas efficiet et sanctitas.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of someday being a commander. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For hardly any man dances when sober, unless he is insane. Nor does he dance while alone, nor at a respectable and moderate party. Dancing is the final phase of a wild party with fancy decorations and a multitude of delights. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friends, though absent, are still present. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The more laws, the less justice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I hear Socrates saying that the best seasoning for food is hunger; for drink, thirst. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The avarice of the old: it's absurd to increase one's luggage as one nears the journey's end. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I do not wish to die: but I care not if I were dead.
[Lat., Emori nolo: sed me esse mortuum nihil aestimo.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Victory is by nature insolent and haughty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let war yield to peace, laurels to paeans. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is dishonestly got vanishes in profligacy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no quality I would rather have, and be thought to have, than gratitude. For it is not only the greatest virtue, but is the mother of all the rest. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A person who is wise does nothing against their will, nothing with sighing or under coercion. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A wise man does nothing by constraint. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature herself makes the wise man rich. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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How do our philosophers act? Do they not inscribe their signatures to the very essays they write on the propriety of despising glory. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Lay down this rule of friendship: neither ask nor consent to do what is wrong. The plea, 'for friendship's sake,' is a discreditable one, and should not be admitted for a moment. We should ask from friends and do for friends only what is good. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For just as some women are said to be handsome though without adornment, so this subtle manner of speech, though lacking in artificial graces, delights us. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Religion is not removed by removing superstition. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is not a moment without some duty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The safety of the people shall be the highest law. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it. Second thoughts are best as the proverb says.
[Lat., Cujusvis hominis est errare; nullius, nisi insipientis, in errore perseverae. Posteriores enim cogitationes (ut aiunt) sapientiores solent esse.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I cease not to advocate peace; even though unjust it is better than the most just war. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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An unjust peace is better than a just war. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is our own evil thoughts which madden us. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No one dies too soon who has finished the course of perfect virtue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The well-known old remark of Cato, who used to wonder how two soothsayers could look one another in the face without laughing. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It has seemed to be more necessary to have regard to the weight of words rather than to their number. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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My precept to all who build, is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, and not the house to the owner. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods, than in giving health to men. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In nothing do humans approach so nearly to the gods as doing good to others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Wisdom is not only to be acquired, but enjoyed. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Prudence must not be expected from a man who is never sober.
[Lat., Non est ab homine nunquam sobrio postulanda prudentia.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I hate all children of precocious talent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He he he ... Crazy? Cicero? He he he he! That's ... madness ... -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let a man practice the profession which he best knows. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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These studies are a spur to the young, a delight to the old: an ornament in prosperity, a consoling refuge in adversity; they are pleasure for us at home, and no burden abroad; they stay up with us at night, they accompany us when we travel, they are with us in our country visits. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing is more becoming in a great man than courtesy and forbearance -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As in the case of wines that improve with age, the oldest friendships ought to be the most delightful. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Promises are not to be kept, if the keeping of them would prove harmful to those to whom you have made them. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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O tempora! O mores!
O what times (are these)! what morals! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What fervent love of herself would Virtue excite if she could be seen! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Like readily consorts with like. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In ancient times music was the foundation of all the sciences. Education was begun with music with the persuasion that nothing could be expected of a man who was ignorant of music. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Even while Jerusalem was standing and the Jews were at peace with us, the practice of their sacred rites was at variance with the glory of our empire, the dignity of our name, the customs of our ancestors. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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History illumes reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Time puts an end to speculation in opinions, and confirms the laws of nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Opinionum enim commenta delet dies; naturae judicia confirmat.
Time destroys the groundless conceits of men; it confirms decisions founded on reality. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To those who are engaged in commercial dealings, justice is indispensable for the conduct of business. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is not enough to acquire wisdom, it is necessary to employ it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Fortune is not only blind herself, but blinds the people she has embraced. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The first bond of society is the marriage tie; the next our children; then the whole family of our house, and all things in common. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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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. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The celestial order and the beauty of the universe compel me to admit that there is some excellent and eternal Being, who deserves the respect and homage of men -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A bachelor's bed is the most pleasant. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
[Lat., Negligere quid de se quisque sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino dissoluti.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Always the same thing. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is pleasant to recall past troubles. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is graceful in a man to think and to speak with propriety, to act with deliberation, and in every occurrence of life to find out and persevere in the truth. On the other hand, to be imposed upon, to mistake, to falter, and to be deceived, is as ungraceful as to rave or to be insane. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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You might as well take the sun out of the sky as friendship from life: for the immortal gods have given us nothing better or more delightful. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Memory is the receptacle and sheath of all knowledge -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Pleasant is the recollection of dangers past. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Apollo, sacred guard of earth's true core, Whence first came frenzied, wild prophetic word ... -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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This is the part of a great man, after he has maturely weighed all circumstances, to punish the guilty, to spare the many, and in every state of fortune not to depart from an upright, virtuous conduct. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is becoming is honest, and whatever is honest must always be becoming. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxuries.
[Lat., Avaritiam si tollere vultis, mater ejus est tollenda, luxuries.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Man's life is ruled by fortune, not by wisdom. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All soils are not fertile. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The diligent farmer plants trees, of which he himself will never see the fruit. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Please go on, make your threats. I don't like to submit to mere implication. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Here is a man whose life and actions the world has already condemned - yet whose enormous fortune ... has already brought him acquittal! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I know that it is likely that as worship of the gods declines, faith between men and all human society will disappear, as well as that most excellent of all virtues, which is justice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Because all the sick do not recover, therefore medicine is not an art. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature ordains that a man should wish the good of every man, whoever he may be, for this very reason that he is a man. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Ignorance of impending evil is far better than a knowledge of its approach. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The authors who affect contempt for a name in the world put their names to the books which they invite the world to read. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The wise man knows nothing if he cannot benefit from his wisdom. Wisdom is not only to be acquired, but also to be utilized. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The remembrance of past misery is sweet. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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That which is not forbidden, is not on that account permitted. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nor am I ashamed, as some are, to confess my ignorance of those matters with which I am unacquainted. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Courage is virtue which champions the cause of right. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Civilized people are taught by logic, barbarians, by necessity, communities by tradition; and the lesson inculcated even in wild beasts by nature itself. They learn that they have to defend their own bodies and persons lives from violence of any and every kind by all means within their power. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The world has not yet learned the riches of frugality. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The law is silent during war.
[Lat., Silent leges inter arma.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing is so secure as that money will not defeat it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The absolute good is not a matter of opinion but of nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He has no other recommendation, save an assumed and crafty solemnity of demeanour. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There are no snares more dangerous than those which lurk under the guise of duty or the name of relationship. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For my own part, I had rather be old only a short time than be old before I really am so. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Old age by nature is rather talkative. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We study history not to be clever in another time, but to be wise always. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The happiest end of life is this: when the mind and the other senses being unimpaired, the same nature which put it together takes asunder her own work. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All things are full of God. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Patria est communis omnium parens.
Our country is the common parent of all. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The roots of knowledge are bitter, but its fruit are sweet. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No tempest or conflagration, however great, is harder to quell than mob carried away by the novelty of power. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is difficult to tell how much men's minds are conciliated by a kind manner and gentle speech. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no thing which God cannot accomplish. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within ... for the traitor appears not to be a traitor ... he rots the soul of a nation ... he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As you have sown so shall you reap. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A library and a garden is all man needs -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Action is the language of the body and should harmonize with the spirit within. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Kindness is stronger than fear. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Endless money forms the sinews of war. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To remain ignorant of history is to remain forever a child -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For walk where we will, we tread upon some story. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Those who do not know history will forever remain children -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When confronted by a hungry wolf, it is unwise to goad the beast, as Cato would have us do. But it is equally unwise to imagine the snarling animal a friend and offer your hand, as Pompey does." "Perhaps you would have us climb a tree! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Who doesn't know that the first law of history is not to dare to say anything false, and the second is not to refrain from saying anything true? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to live the life of a child forever. For what is a man's life, unless woven into the life of our ancestors by the memory of past deeds? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nemo est qui tibi sapientius suadere possit te ipso: numquam labere, si te audies.
(Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself: if you heed yourself, you'll never go wrong.) -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In times of war, the law falls silent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In time of war the laws are silent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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By Hercules! I prefer to err with Plato, whom I know how much you value, than to be right in the company of such men. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Probabilities direct the conduct of the wise man. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is, I assure you, a medical art for the soul. It is philosophy, whose aid need not be sought, as in bodily diseases, from outside ourselves. We must endeavor with all our resources and all our strength to become capable of doctoring ourselves. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men resemble the gods in nothing so much as in doing good to their fellow creatures. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no moment without some duty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In the conduct of almost every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It was fear that was then making you a good citizen, which is never a lasting teacher of duty. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing quite new is perfect. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To reduce man to the duties of his own city, and to disengage him from duties to the members of other cities, is to break the universal society of the human race. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In all great arts, as in trees, it is the height that charms us; we care nothing for the roots or trunks, yet it could not be without the aid of these. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nothing is difficult in the eyes of a lover. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A home without books is a body without soul. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When I notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when I watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, I cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the Roman constitution. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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By doubting we come at truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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An army abroad is of little use unless there are prudent counsels at home.
[Lat., Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Crimes are not to be measured by the issue of events, but by the bad intentions of men. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The nearer I approach death the more I feel like one who is in sight of land at last and is about to anchor in one's home port after a long voyage. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature has circumscribed the field of life within small dimensions, but has left the field of glory unmeasured. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Death is dreadful to the man whose all is extinguished with his life; but not to him whose glory never can die. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is certain that memory contains not only philosophy, but all the arts and all that appertain to the use of life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens and to place it in cities, and even to introduce it into homes and compel it to inquire about life and standards and goods and evils. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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they follow nature as the most perfect guide to a good life. Now -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Through ignorance of what is good and what is bad, the life of men is greatly perplexed. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Nature has lent us life at interest, like money, and has fixed no day for its payment. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To live is to think. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The life of the dead consists in the recollection cherished of them by the living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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O philosophy, you leader of life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Life is short, but art lives forever. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A life of peace, purity and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The whole life of a philosopher is the meditation of his death. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I cheerfully quit from life as if it were an inn, not a home; for Nature has given us a hostelry in which to sojourn, not to abide. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Long life is denied us; therefore let us do something to show that we have lived. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I look upon the pleasure we take in a garden as one of the most innocent delights in human life. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If we lose affection and kindliness from our life: we lose all that gives it charm. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A perverse temper and fretful disposition will make any state of life whatsoever unhappy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Life is nothing without friendship. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No one has lived a short life who has performed its duties with unblemished character. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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While there's life, there's hope. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I know not any season of life that is past more agreeably than virtuous old age. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Extreme justice is extreme injustice. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Aristoteles quidem ait: 'Omnes ingeniosos melancholicos esse.' Aristotle says that all men of genius are melancholy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Esse quam videri - "To be, rather than to seem (to be) -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is a common saying that many pecks of salt must be eaten before the duties of friendship can be discharged.
[Lat., Vulgo dicitur multos modios salis simul edendos esse, ut amicitia munus expletum sit.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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So you see, old age is really not so bad. May you come to know the condition! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The welfare of the people is the highest law -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Every one is least known to himself, and it is very difficult for a man to know himself. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The house should derive dignity from the master, not the master from the house. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is as if a Mohammedan, while recognizing the divine mission of the Arab prophet, were to write for his son a treatise on the ethics of the New Testament as better adapted than the moral system of the Koran for the training and confirming of a young man in the practice of virtue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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But if I am wrong in thinking the human soul immortal, I am glad to be wrong; nor will I allow the mistake which gives me so much pleasure to be wrested from me as long as I live. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Laws are dumb in the midst of arms. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is better to receive than to do injury. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Not to be covetous, is money; not to be a purchaser, is a revenue. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Pardon is granted to necessity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Philosophy is the true mother of science. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Every evil in the bud is easily crushed: as it grows older, it becomes stronger. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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As long as I breathe, I hope. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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This excessive licence, which the anarchists think is the only true freedom, provides the stock, as it were, from which a tyrant grows. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All places are filled with fools.
[Lat., Stultorum plenea sunt omnia.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He takes the greatest ornament from friendship, who takes modesty from it.
[Lat., Maximum ornamentum amicitiae tollit, qui ex ea tollit verecudiam.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Ill gotten gains will be ill spent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The best interpreter of the law is custom. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is strong proof of men knowing things before birth, that when mere children they grasp innumerable facts with such speed as to show that they are not then taking them in for the first time, but are remembering and recalling them. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is nothing more shocking than to see assertion and approval dashing ahead of cognition and perception. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is nothing better fitted to delight the reader than change of circumstances and varieties of fortune. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Of all the rewards of virtue, ... the most splendid is fame, for it is fame alone that can offer us the memory of posterity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Peace is so beneficial that the word itself is pleasant to hear. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body.
[Lat., Morbi perniciores pluresque animi quam corporis.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The wise man never loses his temper. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is a great thing to know your vices. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I am of the opinion which you have always held, that "viva voce" voting at elections is the best method.
[Lat., Nam ego in ista sum sententia, qua te fuisse semper scio, nihil ut feurit in suffragiis voce melius.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our thoughts are free. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Softly! Softly! I want none but the judges to hear me. The Jews have already gotten me into a fine mess, as they have many other gentleman. I have no desire to furnish further grist for their mills. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In the approach to virtue there are many steps. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Silent enim leges inter arma (Laws are silent in times of war). -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We are not born for ourselves alone. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Religion is the pious worship of God. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He is sometimes slave who should be master; and sometimes master who should be slave. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The swan is not without cause dedicated to Apollo, because foreseeing his happiness in death, he dies with singing and pleasure. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Man was born for two things
thinking and acting. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Who can love the man he fears. or by who he thinks he is himself feared? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let war be so carried on that no other object may seem to be sought but the acquisition of peace.
[Lat., Bellum autem ita suscipiatur, ut nihil aliud, nisi pax, quaesita videatur.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is a certain virtue in every good man, which night and day stirs up the mind with the stimulus of glory, and reminds it that all mention of our name will not cease at the same time with our lives, but that our fame will endure to all posterity. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften.
[Lat., Nullus dolor est quem non longinquitas temporis minuat ac molliat.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties.
[Lat., Secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia, et adversas partiens communicansque leviores.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Hatred is inveterate anger. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Certain signs are the forerunners of certain events. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Books: our unfailing companions -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Dogs wait for us faithfully. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Vicious habits are so odious and degrading that they transform the individual who practices them into an incarnate demon. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I am a Roman citizen. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Unraveling the web of Penelope. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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For it is commonly said: accomplished labours are pleasant. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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An agreement of rash men (a conspiracy). -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our liberality should not exceed our ability. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Can any one find in what condition his body will be, I do not say a year hence, but this evening? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He talks like he's living in Plato's Republic, not Romulus's shit-hole. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Law is the highest reason implanted in Nature, which commands what ought to be done and forbids the opposite. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The precept, "Know yourself," was not solely intended to obviate the pride of mankind; but likewise that we might understand our own worth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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But the Night Mother is mother to all! It is her voice we follow! Her will! Would you dare risk disobedience? And surely ... punishment? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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It is our duty, my young friends, to resist old age. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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All the arts of refinement have mutual kinship. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Little by little old age renders the body less powerful. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A letter does not blush. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The illustrious and noble ought to place before them certain rules and regulations, not less for their hours of leisure and relaxation than for those of business. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The process, indeed, of nature is this: that just in the same manner as our birth was the beginning of things with us, so death will be the end; and as we were noways concerned with anything before we were born, so neither shall we be after we are dead. And -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The gardener plants trees, not one berry of which he will ever see: and shall not a public man plant laws, institutions, government, in short, under the same conditions? -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The men who administer public affairs must first of all see that everyone holds onto what is his, and that private men are never deprived of their goods by public men. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Virtue is increased by the smile of approval; and the love of renown is the greatest incentive to honourable acts. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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He must protect the lives and interests of the people, appeal to his fellow citizens' patriotic interests, and, in general, set the welfare of the community above his own -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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To stumble twice against the same stone is a Proverbsial disgrace. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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An acute first-class brain is the finest asset anyone can have- and, if we want to be happy, it is an asset we must exploit to the uttermost. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Our country is wherever we are well off.
[Lat., Patria est, ubicunque est bene.] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What times! What manners! -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Men ought to be most annoyed by the sufferings which come from their own faults. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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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. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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No one could ever meet death for his country without the hope of immortality. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The judgment of posterity is truer, because it is free from envy and malevolence. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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The first duty of man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Non nobis solum nati sumus.
(Not for ourselves alone are we born.) -- Marcus Tullius Cicero