Favorite Cicero Quotes

A true self made man.

  1. A room without books is like a body without a soul.
  2. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  3. Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
  4. To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
  5. Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.
  6. Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief
  7. Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
  8. The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
  9. The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.
  10. The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.
  11. The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.
  12. To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one’s self to die.
  13. It is a great thing to know your vices.
  14. Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you.
  15. The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil

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