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Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC ,  Roman orator & statesman
CiceroMarcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic.
His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator.

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Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.

To be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child.

There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher.

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.

No one is so old as to think that he cannot live one more year.

We are not born for ourselves alone; a part of us is claimed by our nation, another part by our friends.

In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done.

The two conditions that lead others to languor – i.e. leisure and solitude – him made sharper.

on Scipio

Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

What kind of favour is it to abstain from doing evil?

Latin Quotes

To be, rather than to seem.

Esse quam videri.

O, the times! O, the morals!

O tempora! Ο mores!

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

Inter arma silent leges.

What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost.

Male parta male dilabuntur.

Moneys is the soul of war.

Pecunia nervus belli.

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.

Salus populi suprema lex.

Always the same.

Semper idem.

Let arms yield to the toga.

Cedant arma togae.

meaning: let military power give way to civil power

We are slaves of the law in order to be free.

Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus.

To what length will you abuse our patience, Catiline?

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?

in the first of his four Catiline Orations

They lived.


after the execution of the participants in the Catilinarian conspiracy; meaning: “they are dead”

The beginnings of all things are small.

Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.


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