The mind becomes accustomed to things by the habitual sight of them, and neither wonders nor inquires about the reasons for things it sees all the time.

Cicero

Cicero

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: Roman

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

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.

There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.

True law is right reason in agreement with nature;...it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions...It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.

In time of war the laws are silent.

I would rather be wrong, by God, with Plato than be correct with those men.

Ability without honor is useless.

In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.

It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post.

In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought.

They are eloquent who can speak low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper.

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.