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They condemn what they do not understand. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Critics and Criticism
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Silence
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Speakers and Speaking
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Confidence
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 T. Cicero - Character
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually? ~Marcus T. Cicero - Sincerity
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. ~Marcus T. Cicero - History and Historians
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Habit
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ignorance
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Moderation
Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ostentation
Since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions to vice; and only a madman would conclude that these judgments are matters of opinion, and not fixed by nature. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Honor
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Fear
In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Pleasure
A friend is, as it were, a second self. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Fame
Nothing so cements and holds together all the parts of a society as faith or credit, which can never be kept up unless men are under some force or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Credit
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Learning
No well-informed person ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Consistency
A letter does not blush. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Letters
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Mistakes
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Food and Eating
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. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Praise
Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ability
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Fools and Foolishness
You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Wickedness
Friends are proved by adversity. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
As you have sown so shall you reap. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Results
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Knowledge
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Animals
Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Superstition
The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Law and Lawyers
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge. ~Marcus T. Cicero - History and Historians
Let reason govern desire. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Reason
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Memory
No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Courage
There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Home
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Philosophers and Philosophy
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Thoughts and Thinking
Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
A person who is wise does nothing against their will, nothing with sighing or under coercion. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Will and Will Power
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Gratitude
A good orator is pointed and impassioned. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Speakers and Speaking
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Brevity
Empire and liberty. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Empire
All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Pain
The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Confidence
There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Inspiration
There is no one so old as to not think they may live a day longer. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Critics and Criticism
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 T. Cicero - Age and Aging
Before beginning, plan carefully. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Planning
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Glory
While there's life, there's hope. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Life and Living
The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Nations
Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Writers and Writing
A man of courage is also full of faith. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Courage
Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Freedom
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 T. Cicero - Youth
There are more men ennobled by study than by nature. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Studying
To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Reputation
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Peace
In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Truth
People do not understand what a great revenue economy is. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Economy and Economics
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Philosophers and Philosophy
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Growth
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Talkativeness
Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Gifts
There is no fortune so strong that money cannot take it. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Money
To the sick, while there is life there is hope. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Hope
Ability without honor is useless. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ability
It is better to receive than to do injury. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Vengeance
Hatred is inveterate anger. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Hatred
In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Servants
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Opinions
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ambition
A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Youth
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Action
Like associates with like. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Association
Virtue is its own reward. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Virtue
What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children? ~Marcus T. Cicero - Gifts
What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Commitment
The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Masses
Reason should direct and appetite obey. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Reason
Great is the power, great is the authority of a senate that is unanimous in its opinions. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Congress
A community is like the ones who govern it. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Influence
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Punishment
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 T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Courage
They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Eloquence
Honor is the reward of virtue. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Honor
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Fidelity
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Envy
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Leisure
The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money. ~Marcus T. Cicero - War
Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Justice
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Ambition
Life is nothing without friendship. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
Thrift is of great revenue. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Thrift
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Mind
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Death and Dying
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Value
True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Fame
We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Happiness
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Manners
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Lies and Lying
There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Sorrow
A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Books and Reading
No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Age and Aging
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Brevity
Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Shame
Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Friends and Friendship
The injuries that befall us unexpectedly are less severe than those which are deliberately anticipated. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Pain
Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Hatred
Peace is liberty in tranquillity. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Liberty
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Passion
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Persuasion
Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Speakers and Speaking
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Prudence
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Curiosity
The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Eyes
That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Death and Dying
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Argument
The foundation of justice is good faith. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Justice
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Children
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Pity
Victory is by nature insolent and haughty. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Victory
The good of the people is the greatest law. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Law and Lawyers
Sweet is the memory of past troubles. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Memory
All things tend to corrupt perverted minds. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Mind
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Time and Time Management
It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness. ~Marcus T. Cicero - Sorrow

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