Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Roman statesman
  • Born 106 BC
  • Died 43 BC

Marcus Tullius Cicero (; Classical Latin: [ˈmaːr.kʊs ˈtʊl.lɪ.ʊs ˈkɪ.kɛ.roː]; 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.His influence on the Latin language was so immense that the subsequent history of prose, not only in Latin but in European languages up to the 19th century, was said to be either a reaction against or a return to his style.

Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.

A home without books is a body without soul.

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.

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

The safety of the people shall be the highest law.

Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.

Peace is liberty in tranquillity.

Whatever you do, do with all your might.

Before beginning, plan carefully.

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

If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.

That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.

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

Hatred is settled anger.

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.

More law, less justice.

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.

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

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

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

True nobility is exempt from fear.

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.

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

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

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

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

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

Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act.

What is permissible is not always honorable.

The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow.

Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.

While there's life, there's hope.

A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.