Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

True nobility is exempt from fear.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are no true friends in politics.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

This is a proof of a well-trained mind, to rejoice in what is good and to grieve at the opposite.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A home without books is a body without soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

A war is never undertaken by the ideal State, except in defense of its honor or its safety.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
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