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Quotations From MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO


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  • Their very silence is a loud cry.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.

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  • The habit of arguing in support of atheism, whether it be done from conviction or in pretense, is a wicked and impious practice.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. II, 168.
  • No place is so strongly fortified that money could not capture it.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, ii, 4.

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  • Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De re publica, VI, xxiv, 26.
  • Oh the times! Oh the customs![O tempora! O mores!].
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. In Catalinam, speech 1, ch. 1 (63 B.C.).
  • The gods attend to great matters, they neglect small ones.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. II, 167.
  • The nobler a man is, the harder for him to suspect baseness in others.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 4, 12.
  • In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Gaius.
  • No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Familiares, VI, 2, 2.

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  • Persistence in a single view has never been regarded as a merit in political leaders.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Familiares, I, 9, 21.
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