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106 - 43 BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman politician and philosopher

To give counsel as well as to take it is a feature of true friendship.
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Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and
anxieties.
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Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error.
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The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
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If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third,
place.
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A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
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While there's life, there's hope.
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What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might.
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A home without books is a body without soul.
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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing
of our grief.
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We are not born for ourselves alone.
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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
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A friend is, as it were, a second self.
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Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature.
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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than
education without natural ability.
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Philosophy is the true mother of science.
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The appetites of the stomach and the palate, far from diminishing as men grow older, go on
increasing.
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The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
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We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is
inspired by glory.
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The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
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In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done.
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We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
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As I approve of a youth who has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased
with an old man who has something of the youth.
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Freedom is participation in power.
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Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
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Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
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Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
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I remind you, sir, that extreme patriotism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation
in the pursuit of justice no virtue.
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The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.
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Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
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We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
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To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
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There is no place more delightful than home.
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I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
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Let the punishment match the offense.
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A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any
waters.
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Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
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Endless money forms the sinews of war.
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To teach is a necessity; to please is a sweetness; to persuade is a victory.
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Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so.
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