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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Cicero on government, democracy, freedom, history, poor, work, friendship, life, soul, death, memory and silence.

171 Top Quotes By Cicero To Abide When The Alarm Bell Rings

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Cicero was an illustrious Roman lawyer, orator, philosopher, consul, political theorist, constitutionalist, and politician. He was an ardent believer in the Roman Republic and was a part of the army for a short span of time; thereafter he started his career as a lawyer. He gained the reputation of a lawyer, who took risky cases and got success in them. The Senate gave him the title of ‘Pater Patriae,’ meaning ‘Father of The Country’ for his courageous endeavours. His writings and other works include 900 letters, 58 orations, books of rhetoric, poems, and philosophical and political treatises. We have rounded some famous and notable quotes, and sayings by Cicero, who is remembered as the greatest Roman orator. Go through the collection of quotes and sayings by Cicero which are till date quoted widely.

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.

- Cicero

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.

- Cicero

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

- Cicero

Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow.

- Cicero

No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself.

- Cicero

No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.

- Cicero

O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are, but also because you do not know how wretched you are!

- Cicero

Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.

- Cicero

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.

- Cicero

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.

- Cicero

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.

- Cicero

Hatred is settled anger.

- Cicero

Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything.

- Cicero

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.

- Cicero

For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.

- Cicero

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.

- Cicero

In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.

- Cicero

A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.

- Cicero

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.

- Cicero

All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.

- Cicero

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.

- Cicero

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.

- Cicero

The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.

- Cicero

Empire and liberty.

- Cicero

What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.

- Cicero

Like associates with like.

- Cicero

I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

- Cicero

Ability without honor is useless.

- Cicero

No one can give you better advice than yourself.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.

- Cicero

What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.

- Cicero

That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.

- Cicero

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.

- Cicero

According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.

- Cicero

The best interpreter of the law is custom.

- Cicero

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.

- Cicero

Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved.

- Cicero

Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.

- Cicero

It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.

- Cicero

It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much.

- Cicero

The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due.

- Cicero

Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.

- Cicero

Thrift is of great revenue.

- Cicero

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.

- Cicero

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

Honor is the reward of virtue.

- Cicero

A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.

- Cicero

So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.

- Cicero

True nobility is exempt from fear.

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.

- Cicero

No sane man will dance.

- Cicero

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

- Cicero

You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.

- Cicero

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.

- Cicero

Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.

- Cicero

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.

- Cicero

The good of the people is the greatest law.

- Cicero

What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

To live is to think.

- Cicero

Nature abhors annihilation.

- Cicero

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.

- Cicero

True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.

- Cicero

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.

- Cicero

For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.

- Cicero

Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.

- Cicero

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

- Cicero

Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?

- Cicero

Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.

- Cicero

A letter does not blush.

- Cicero

Hatred is inveterate anger.

- Cicero

Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.

- Cicero

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.

- Cicero

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

- Cicero

Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage.

- Cicero

Never injure a friend, even in jest.

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.

- Cicero

The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.

- Cicero

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?

- Cicero

One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

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.

- Cicero

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

- Cicero

Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.

- Cicero

Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.

- Cicero

Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.

- Cicero

Whatever you do, do with all your might.

- Cicero