As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.

Cicero

Cicero

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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For the whole life of a philosopher is, as the same philosopher says, a meditation on death.

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.

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

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

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

When I notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when I watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, I cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the Roman constitution.

Did not he, then, who, if he had died at that time, would have died in all his glory, owe all the great and terrible misfortunes into which he subsequently fell to the prolongation of his life at that time?

So it may well be believed that when I found him taking a complete holiday, with a vast supply of books at command, he had the air of indulging in a literary debauch, if the term may be applied to so honorable an occupation.

The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.

Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you.

It is our special duty, that if anyone needs our help, we should give him such help to the utmost of our power.

To the sick, while there is life there is hope.

Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.