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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 antiquity.

CICERO, Pro Publio Sestio

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

CICERO, Pro archia

Justice commands us to have mercy upon all men, to consult the interests of the whole human race, to give to every one his due.

CICERO, On the Republic

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

CICERO, Academica

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.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

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.

CICERO, De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum

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.


To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.


If nature does not ratify law, then all the virtues may lose their sway.


But if the will of the people, the decrees of the senate, the adjudications of magistrates, were sufficient to establish rights, then it might become right to rob, right to commit adultery, right to substitute forged wills, if such conduct were sanctioned by the votes or decrees of the multitude. But if the opinions and suffrages of foolish men had sufficient weight to outbalance the nature of things, then why should they not determine among them, that what is essentially bad and pernicious should henceforth pass for good and beneficial? Or why, since law can make right out of injustice, should it not also be able to change evil into good?


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

CICERO, ad familiares

What is so beneficial to the people as liberty, which we see not only to be greedily sought after by men, but also by beasts, and to be preferred to all things.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable, than loyalty.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

A good man will not lie, although it be for his profit.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

Wisdom is the only thing which can relieve us from the sway of the passions and the fear of danger, and which can teach us to bear the injuries of fortune itself with moderation, and which shows us all the ways which lead to tranquility and peace.

CICERO, The Academic Questions: Treatise De Finibus, and Tusculan Disputations of M. T. Cicero

The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs.

CICERO, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers

Tomorrow will give some food for thought.

CICERO, Epistolæ Ad Atticum

Religion is not removed by removing superstition.

CICERO, De Divinatione

Man has been born for two things--thinking and acting; to think is to live.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

There is in superstition a senseless fear of God; religion consists in the pious worship of Him.

CICERO, De Natura Deorum

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

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

There is nothing more painful than dishonor, nothing more vile than slavery; we have been born for the enjoyment of honor and liberty; let us either retain these or die with dignity.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil as it is for the bad to suspect good.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made.

CICERO, De Officiis

In the management of most things, slowness and procrastination are hateful.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

I shall always consider the best guesser the best prophet.

CICERO, De Divinatione

All men have a feeling, that they would rather you told them a civil lie than give them a point blank refusal.... If you make a promise, the thing is still uncertain, depends on a future day, and concerns but few people; but if you refuse you alienate people to a certainty and at once, and many people too.

CICERO, "On Standing for the Consulship", The Treatises of M. T. Cicero

No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

He who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander.

CICERO, De Legibus

Man's mind is nurtured by study and meditation.

CICERO, On Duties

The comfort derived from the misery of others is slight.

CICERO, Epistles

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

CICERO, Rhetorical Invention

Endless money forms the sinews of war.

CICERO, Philippics

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as if grief could be lessened by baldness.

CICERO, Tusculan Disputations

Think not that guilt requires the burning torches of the Furies to agitate and torment it; their own frauds, their crimes, their remembrances of the past, their terrors of the future are ever present to their minds.

CICERO, Three Books of Offices: Or Moral Duties

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

CICERO, Tusculanarum Disputationum

Nothing that is obtained through guilt can be permanently profitable.

CICERO, anonymous, Day's Collacon

The generous and liberal man doth daily seek out occasions to put his virtue in practice.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon

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.

CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon



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