Q – Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in 106BC. He was a Roman politician and lawyer, and served as Consul of Rome in 68BC. He is considered one of Rome’s greatest orators.

Below is a selection of his quotes.


‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living’

‘Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts’

‘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’

‘The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil’

‘A friend is, as it were, a second self’

‘A home without books is a body without soul’

‘Whatever you do, do with all your might’

‘Peace is liberty in tranquility’

‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need’

‘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’

‘Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself’

‘The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure’

‘The more laws, the less justice’

‘What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us’

‘Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief’

‘Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself’

‘You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself’

‘If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it’

‘The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk’

‘Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error’

‘Brevity is a great charm of eloquence’

‘While there’s life, there’s hope’

‘I never admire another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own’

‘Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so’


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