Cicero Quotes Sayings

Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” 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.

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

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
“There is nothing so absurd that some philospher has not already said it

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.

No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear.

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

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

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

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.

Man’s best support is a very dear friend.

If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.

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

To live long, it is necessary to live slowly.

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.

Nothing common can seem worthy of you.

What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.”

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.

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