Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

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In the very books in which philosophers bid us scorn fame, they inscribe their names

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Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and ontrolled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance

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

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Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed

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A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?

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

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What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.

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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

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.

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When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself.

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