Latin quotes by Cicero

Cicero (106-43  AD), Roman Statesman and Orator

Marcus Tullius Cicero

He was one of the most celebrated writers and orators. He accused Gaius Verres and managed to expose the conspiracy of  Lucius Sergius Catilina against César. His most important works include: fourteen speeches against  Marcus Anthony (Philippics - 44 a.C.), six speeches against Verres (Verrinaes - 70 a.C.), and four against Catiline (Catilinam 63 a.C.). He also wrote many philosophical works such as: de Finibus (About Ethics),  de Legibus (about the Law), de Natura Deorum (on the Nature of God), y de Officiss (about Politics), y De Republica (about the Republic).

  1. Dialecticam inventam esse, ven et falsi quasi disceptatricem - Dialectic was invented to decide between the true and the false (Philosophical term - Cicero)
  2. Ab imis unguibus usque ad verticem summum - From the bottom of the toenail to the highest part of the body (Cicero - Pro Q Roscio Comoedo, 20)
  3. Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit - He departed, he withdrew, he strode off, he broke forth (Cicero - Oratio In Catilinam II)
  4. Aegroto, dum anima est, spes est - For the sick, while there is life, there is hope (Philosophical Term - Cicero Ad Atticum IX, 11)
  5. Aliis coluit non sibi - He cultivated for others and not for him (Cicero Orationes)
  6. Aliorum iudicio permulta nobis et facienda et non facienda et mutanda et corrigenda sunt - In the opinion of others, lots of things should be done, omitted, changed and corrected by us (Cicero - de Officiis )
  7. Alios ego vidi ventos; alias prospexi animo procellas - I've seen other winds; and have faced other storms (Philosophical Term - Cicero Familiares, 12, 25, 5, 12)
  8. Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore - I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Thank you: Cicero)
  9. Amor, ex quo amicitia es nominata - Love from which takes its name friendship. (Cicero)
  10. An invidiam posteritatis times? - Is that you fear, the hatred of posterity? (Cicero - Oratio In Catilinam I)
  11. Animus risu novatur - The spirit is refreshed with laughter (Cicero)
  12. Annum iam tertium et vicesimum regnat - He has now been reigning twenty-three years (Cicero, Orations)
  13. Apud - By (with, in, near - Used for citations. For example apud Cicero)
  14. Aura popularis - Popular breeze (Cicero - Oratio De Harvspicvm Responso)
  15. Caritate Patriae - Love for country (Cicero)
  16. Causa causarum miserere mei - Cause of causes have mercy on me (Cicero)
  17. Cedant arma togae, concedat laurea laudi - Let arms yield to the toga and laurels to laudation (Cicero - De Officiis)
  18. Cicero pro domo sua - Cicero favors his own home
  19. Civis Romanus sum - I am a Roman citizen (Cicero, In C Verrem, 5, 147)
  20. Cogitationem sobrii hominis punctum temporis suscipe - Take for a moment the reasoning of a quiet man (Cicero - Philippics)
  21. Cuiusvis est errare; nullius nisi insipientes, in errore perseverare - To err is inherent in every man; but to persist in error takes a fool. (Philosophical term - Cicero)
  22. Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis, in errore perseverare - Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one (Cicero - Philippica XII)
  23. Cuiusvis temporis homo - A man of all times (Cicero)
  24. De duobus malis minus est semper eligendum - Between two evils, choose the lesser one (Cicero - De Officiis)
  25. De finibus bonorum et malorum - On the Ends of Good and Evil (Cicero)
  26. De gustibus non disputandum est! - There is no accounting for taste! ( Cicero )
  27. Decet amicitiam colere (retinere, tueri) - Cultivate friendship (Ciceron - De amicitia)
  28. Dicitur Ciceronem fuisse optimum oratorem - It is said that Cicero was the best orato
  29. Disertissime Romuli nepotum - Most eloquent of the descendants of Romulus (Valerius Catullus, dedicated to Cicero)
  30. Dum spiro, spero - While I breath, I hope (Cicero)
  31. Ecce tibi qui rex populi romani es se concupiverit - Behold the one who pretended to be the ruler of the Roman people (Cicero)
  32. Ego illud adsentior Theophrasto - I agree on this with Theophrastus (Cicero - De Oratore Libro III, p 184)
  33. Egregie dicta circa eundem sensum tria - Three egregious said on the same subject (Cicero - De senectute)
  34. Epistula non erubescit - A letter does not blush (Cicero - Love letter or letter of apology)
  35. Erat hiems summa - It was the very depth of winter (Cicero - In Verrem II)
  36. Esse oportet ut vivas, non vivere ut edas - Eat to Live, Do not live to eat (Cicero)
  37. Et monere et moneri proprium est verae amicitiae - It is a characteristic of true friendship to give advice and to receive it (Cicero - De amicitia)
  38. Etenim, iudices, cum omnibus virtutibus me adfectum esse cupio, tum nihil est quod malim quam me et esse gratum et videri. haec enim est una virtus non solum maxima sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquarum - In truth, O judges, while I wish to be adorned with every virtue, yet there is nothing which I can esteem more highly than being and appearing grateful. For this one virtue is not only the greatest, but is also the parent of all the other virtues (Cicero)
  39. Excitabat fluctus in simpulo - He was stirring up billows in a ladle (Cicero - De Legibus III)
  40. Fortis est non pertubaris in rebus asperis - The strong do not falter in adversity (Philosophical term - Cicero)
  41. Fortitudo est dolorum laborumque contemptio - The strength is contempt for pain and trouble (Cicero)
  42. Fundamentum iustitiae, primum est ne cui noceatur - The first foundation of justice is not to harm others (Legal term - Cicero - De Officiis I, 10, 31)
  43. Haec habeo, quae edi quaeque exsaturata libido hausit; at iacent multa et praeclara relicta - I have these things: all that I ate, all that satisfied my sexual desire; here lie many illustrious remains (Cicero - Tusculanae disputationes 5:101 - Epitaph)
  44. Historia magistra vitae et testis temporum - History is the teacher and witness of times (Cicero)
  45. Horae quidem cedunt et dies et menses et anni - The hours certainly pass, and the days, the months and the years - (Cicero)
  46. Huncine hominem hancine impudentiam iudices hanc audaciam - What a man, what shamelessness, judges, what boldness (Cicero - Verrinaes, V )
  47. Illa autem sapientia rerum est divinarum et humanarum scientia in qua continetur deorum et hominum communitas et societas inter ipsos - The wisdom (jurisprudence) is the knowledge of divine and human matters, this knowledge contains the community of gods and men and the association between them (Legal Term - Cicero - de Officiis 1,4,3,153)
  48. Ille me amplexus atque osculans flere prohibebat - Hugging me and kissing me, he prevented me from crying (Love phrase - Cicero)
  49. Imperium et Libertas - Empire and Liberty (Cicero)
  50. In amicitia nihil fictum est, nihil simulatum, et quidquid est, id est verum et voluntarium - In friendship there is nothing fictitious, nothing simulated, and it is in fact true and voluntary (Cicero - de Amicitia)
  51. In virtute sunt multi ascensus - In excellence there are many degrees (Cicero)
  52. Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est - In humanity is harmful in every age (Cicero)
  53. Inimici sont multi - The enemies are many (Cicero)
  54. Iustitia est habitus animi, communi utilitate conservata, suam quique tribuens dignitatem - Justice is the habit of spirit for a common good, which gives each one's dignity (Legal term - Cicero - De Inventone 2, 53, 16)
  55. Iustitia est regina virtutis - Justice is the queen of these virtues (Cicero)
  56. Iustitia praecipit suum cuique reddere - Justice hastens the return to each his own (Legal term - Cicero, De Republica.3,15,24 - )
  57. Lenire desiderium crebius epistolis - Make absence more bearable with frequent letters (Love phrase - Cicero - De senectute)
  58. Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes - Our thoughts are free (Cicero Pro Milone oratio 79 )
  59. Luce sunt clariora tua concilia omnia - All your advice is clearer than the light (Cicero)
  60. Magnum nomen est magna species magna dignitas magna maiestas consulis - It's big name, famous appearance, high dignity, pride of the consul's greatness (Cicero - Calpvrnivm Pisonem Oratio, XI)
  61. Magnum vectigal est parsinomia - The economy is a major income (Cicero. The context of the sentence reads: "On immortal gods, men do not understand that a great source of wealth is the economy.)
  62. Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo - My conscience is more important to me than any speech (Cicero)
  63. Minima de malis - The lesser evil (Cicero - if you have choose, pick the lesser of two evils)
  64. Mirari solebam istum in his ipsis rebus aliquem sensum habere - I was amazed that he had any sense in these very matters (Cicero)
  65. Monitos etiam atque etiam volo - I want to warn again and again (Cicero - Second Catilinaria)
  66. Morum dissimilitudo dissociat amicitias - The difference in customs separate friends (Cicero)
  67. Nihil est virtute pulchrius - There is nothing more beautiful that virtue (Cicero)
  68. Nihil lacrima citius arescit - Nothing dries sooner than a tear (Cicero - Everyone's willingness to quickly forget pain)
  69. Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit - No castle strong enough to resist the money (Cicero)
  70. Nihil utile nisi quod honestum - Nothing is good except honesty (Cicero)
  71. Non audimus ea quae ab natura monemur - We do not notice the things that nature warns us about (Cicero - Laelius De Amicitia)
  72. Non domo dominus, sed domino domus honestanda est - Not in our lineage, but our actions, we must seek is the luster of our names (Cicero - In response to people who boast that their name comes from noble lineage)
  73. Non enim te celavi sermonem - In fact, I did not hide the speech (Cicero - Family letter)
  74. Non inquam iam quaero unde haec habueris sed quo tantum tibi opus fuerit - I did not ask you where you got it, but why so much work has been necessary (Cicero - In Verrem II )
  75. Non nobis solum nati sumus - We are not born for ourselves (Cicero)
  76. Nos onera quibusdam bestiis, nos iuga imponimus - We put loads and yokes to certain animals (Cicero De Natura Deorum II, 151 )
  77. Notare tabellam sanguine - Write a table with blood (Cicero)
  78. Num barbarorum Romulus rex fuit? - Was not Romulus the king of the barbarians? (Cicero)
  79. Num negare audes? quid taces? Convincam, si negas - Why are you silent? I will prove it if you do deny it; (Cicero - First Catiline)
  80. O dulce nomen libertatis, o ius eximium nostrae civitatis - Oh, sweet the name of freedom, our right of eminent civility! (Legal term - Cicero, Roman politician and speaker (106-43 BC) - In Verrem, II)
  81. O praeclarum custodem ovium lupum! - An excellent protector of sheep, a Wolf (Cicero)
  82. O tempora! O mores! - Oh Times, Oh Customs (Cicero - Catilinarian (intro) - It is an expression of nostalgia for past times and customs)
  83. Occidente sole - At sunset (Cicero)
  84. Omnes viri boni ius ipsum amant - Every good man loves justice. (Cicero)
  85. Oportet esse ut vivas, non vivere ut edas - Should eat to live, not live to eat (Cicero Rhetoricorum ad Herennium, IV, 7 - attributed to Socrates)
  86. Optimum cibi condimentum fames - The best seasoning is hunger (Cicero, de Finibus II, 28)
  87. Patria est communis omnium parens - The motherland and the community are our parents (Cicero)
  88. Patria est ubicumque est bene - The homeland is where there is good (Cicero)
  89. Picturatus ager floribus - The field of painted flowers (Cicero)
  90. Platon, Ciceron et sumus Aristoteles quequiderunt in profundo laquo - Plato, Cicero and the great Aristotle Sumo into a deep lake (Philosophical term - Popular song that explains Plato, Cicero and Aristotle fell into oblivion)
  91. Praeterita mutare non possumus, sed futura providere debemos - We can not change the past, but we anticipate the future (Cicero)
  92. Quae est domestica sede iucundior? - What place is nicer than one's home? (Cicero)
  93. Quae potest esse vitae iucunditas, sublatis amicitiis? - What has life pleasant, if no friends? (Cicero De amicitia )
  94. Quaestionem in aliquem ferre - Take someone into questioning (Legal Term - Cicero - Instigate legal proceedings against someone)
  95. Quam se ipse amans, sine rivale - By loving yourself, with no rival (Cicero)
  96. Qui absens iudicio, defensus non fuerit - The one who is absent at trial will not be defended (Legal term - Cicero - Pro Quinctio, 19, 60)
  97. Qui Modeste Paret, Videtur Qui Aliquando Imperet Dignus Esse - the one who obeys with modesty appears worthy of being some day a commander (Cicero De Legibus, III, 5 - ) (Thank you: James A Addy ))
  98. Quid dicam de thesauro rerum omnium memoria? - What shall I say of memory, repository of all knowledge? (Cicero - De senectute)
  99. Quid tandem te impedit? mosne maiorum? - What hinders you? the customs of the ancestors? (Cicero In Catilinam)
  100. Quousque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra - Until when, Catiline, will you abuse our patience (Exordium of Cicero's first diatribe, where he complains to the Roman senate about Catiline conspiracy)

Total: 122
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