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If you have no confidence in self,
by 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

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Ability without honor is useless.
- 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

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

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

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

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

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

A man of courage is also full of faith.
- 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

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

Our character is not so much the product of race and
heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits,
by which we are nurtured and live.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

What is permissible is not always honorable.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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 Tullius Cicero

In a republic this rule ought to be observed:
that the majority should not have the predominant power.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the
faults of others and to forget his own.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Knowledge which is divorced from justice,
may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Like associates with like.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hatred is inveterate anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that
their intention may be preserved.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle
to those who want to learn.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief,
as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do,
do we perform for the sake of our friends.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses,
but not how many friends.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature
and moderation and reason.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

No sane man will dance.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Before beginning, plan carefully.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Brevity is the best recommendation of speech,
whether in a senator or an orator.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Whatever you do, do with all your might.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation.
For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men,
but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal.
- 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

Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury,
our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that
great things are achieved,
but by reflection, force of character,
and judgment.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hatred is settled anger.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nature abhors annihilation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The spirit is the true self.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel
are the things that endure.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero


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