Cicero Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Cicero quotes, Cicero sayings, and Cicero proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat. Cicero
No one dances sober, unless he is insane. Cicero
To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless. Cicero
A life of peace, purity and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age Cicero
The soul in sleep gives proof of its divine nature. Cicero
The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth. Cicero
Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones. Cicero
Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense. Cicero
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. Cicero
Bodily pleasure is unworthy of man's superior endowments, and ought to be despised and spurned; and if there be any one who sets some value on sensual gratification, he should carefully keep it within due limits. Thus food and the care of the body should be ordered with reference to health and strength, not to sensual pleasure. Indeed, if we will only bear in mind what excellence and dignity belong to human nature, we shall understand how base it is to give one's self up to luxury, and to live voluptuously and wantonly, and how honorable it is to live frugally, chastely, circumspectly, soberly. Cicero
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age. Cicero
Let the punishment be proportionate to the offense. Cicero
If we lose affection and kindliness from our life: we lose all that gives it charm. Cicero
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity. Cicero
He is never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when he is alone.  Cicero
Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it. Cicero
Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it. Cicero
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. Cicero
Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.— Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. Cicero
To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die. Cicero
Nothing so absurd can be said that some philosopher has not said it. Cicero
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Cicero
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honor, command, power, and glory. Cicero
He who acknowledges a kindness has it still, and he who has a grateful sense of it has requited it. Cicero
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all virtues. Cicero
Only those who are able to relax can create, and then ideas reach the mind like lightning. Cicero
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. Cicero
We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy. Cicero
The precept, 'Know thyself,' was not solely intended to obviate the pride of mankind; but likewise that we might understand our own worth. Cicero
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks on great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. Cicero