What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

Cicero

Cicero

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.

Being asked by Criton how he would be buried, I have taken a great deal of pains, saith he, my friends, to no purpose, for I have not convinced our Criton that I shall fly from hence, and leave no part of me behind. Notwithstanding, Criton, if you can overtake me, wheresoever you get hold of me, bury me as you please: but.

For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.

Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?

Honor is the reward of virtue.

Meanwhile, Milo had been in the Senate on that day until it was dismissed and then came home. He changed out of his formal clothes, waited for a little while his wife got herself ready--you all know how that goes-- and set out at the hour when Clodius, if he had been planning on coming back to Rome that day, would have returned.

The good of the people is the greatest law.

If no use is made of the labours of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

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

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.

The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.

I never admired another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.

Sweet is the memory of past troubles.

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.