Quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero


It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
A letter does not blush.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
A man of courage is also full of faith.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Ability without honor is useless.
– Marcus Tullius 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.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
– 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.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Before beginning, plan carefully.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Empire and liberty.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero