Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes (428 Quotes)





    The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow.

    Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.




    Never less idle than when free from work, nor less alone than when completely alone.


    If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.

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

    Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill. Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit.


    The fatherland is the common parent of us all. Patria est communis omnium parens.


    When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.

    The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.


    I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.

    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.

    In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.

    The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart mark and avoid him.

    Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.

    The following passage is one of those cited by Copernicus himself in his preface to De Revolutionibus 'The Syracusan Hicetas, as Theophrastus asserts, holds the view that the heaven, sun, moon, stars, and in short all of the things on high are stationary, and that nothing in the world is in motion except the earth, which by revolving and twisting round its axis with extreme velocity produces all the same results as would be produced if the earth were stationary and the heaven in motion....'



    There is something in the nature of things which the mind of man, which reason, which human power cannot effect, and certainly that which produces this must be better than man. What can this be but God.

    Nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship.


    How great an evil do you see that may have been announced by you against the Republic Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit.


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