Amazing Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.

By doubting we come at truth.

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

An unjust peace is better than a just war.

The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.

While there’s life, there’s hope.

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.

Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.

Life is nothing without friendship.

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.

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.

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

A friend is, as it were, a second self.

Friendship is given us by nature, not to favor vice, but to aid virtue.

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.

Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth.

Please go on, make your threats. I don’t like to submit to mere implication.

When confronted by a hungry wolf, it is unwise to goad the beast, as Cato would have us do. But it is equally unwise to imagine the snarling animal a friend and offer your hand, as Pompey does.” “Perhaps you would have us climb a tree!

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child.

Probabilities direct the conduct of the wise man.