The first bond of society is the marriage tie; the next our children; then the whole family of our house, and all things in common.
I am pleased to be praised by a man so praised as you, father. [Words used by Hector.][Lat., Laetus sumLaudari me abs te, pater, laudato viro.]
These (literary) studies are the food of youth, and consolation of age; they adorn prosperity, and are the comfort and refuge of adversity; they are pleasant at home, and are no incumbrance abroad; they accompany us at night, in our travels, and in our rural retreats.
The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
A war is never undertaken by the ideal State, except in defense of its honor or its safety.
Nothing is difficult in the eyes of a lover.
Taxes are the sinews of the state.
Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom. Marcus Tullius Cicer
Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun.
Come now: Do we really think that the gods are everywhere called by the same names by which they are addressed by us? But the gods have as many names as there are languages among humans. For it is not with the gods as with you: you are Velleius wherever you go, but Vulcan is not Vulcan in Italy and
Honor is the reward of virtue.
The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices.
No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.[Lat., Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.]
We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
What is impossible by the nature of things is not confirmed by any law.
This excessive licence, which the anarchists think is the only true freedom, provides the stock, as it were, from which a tyrant grows.
The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind.
To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning. Marcus Tullius Ci
An unjust peace is better than a just war.
If the truth were self-evident, eloquence would be unnecessary.
The memory of past troubles is pleasant.[Lat., Jucunda memoria est praeteritorum malorum.]
No one dies too soon who has finished the course of perfect virtue.
Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Do nothing twice over.
The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?
Virtue is increased by the smile of approval; and the love of renown is the greatest incentive to honourable acts.