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Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
by 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

Related topics: Age

Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- 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

 

A man of courage is also full of faith.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The more laws, the less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

While there's life, there's hope.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
- 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

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A home without books is a body without soul.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Time destroys the speculation of men,
but it confirms nature.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so
dear to him as his children?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a
misfortune that strikes everyone.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A letter does not blush.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does
he should do with all his might.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

More law, less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

True glory takes root, and even spreads;
all false pretences,
like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience,
the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth
of which both gods and men are members.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In so far as the mind is stronger than the body,
so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe
than those contracted by the body.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Laws are silent in time of war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.
- 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

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery,
by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I add this, that rational ability without education
has oftener raised man to glory and virtue,
than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

True nobility is exempt from fear.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Natural ability without education has more often attained
to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are,
but also because you do not know how wretched you are!
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more
than those openly declared.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never injure a friend, even in jest.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more
effect on me than this short present time,
which nevertheless seems endless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse,
front its blows with brave hearts.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great is the power of habit.
It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

To some extent I liken slavery to death.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth,
even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have
life and to him return again.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

That last day does not bring extinction to us,
but change of place.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

To live is to think.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The best interpreter of the law is custom.
- 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

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero


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