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Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator and statesman, was born at Arpinum of a wealthy local family. He was taken to Rome for his education with the idea of a public career and by the year 70 he had established himself as the leading barrister in Rome. In the meantime his political career was well under way and he was elected praetor for the year 66.

One of the most permanent features of his political life was his attachment to Pompeii. As a politician, his greatest failing was his consistent refusal to compromise; as a statesman his ideals were more honourable and unselfish than those of his contemporaries.

Cicero was the greatest of the Roman orators, possessing a wide range of technique and an exceptional command of the Latin tongue. He followed the common practice of publishing his speeches, but he also produced a large number of works on the theory and practice of rhetoric, on religion, and on moral and political philosophy. He played a leading part in the development of the Latin hexameter.

Perhaps the most interesting of all his works is the collection of 900 remarkably informative letters, published posthumously. These not only contain a first-hand account of social and political life in the upper classes at Rome, but also reflect the changing personal feelings of an emotional and sensitive man.

Cicero on Wikipedia

Cicero: Selected Works
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Collecting the most incisive and influential writings of one of Rome's finest orators, Cicero's Selected Works is translated with an introduction by Michael Grant in Penguin Classics.Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a master of ...
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Cicero: The Life and Times
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“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.”—John AdamsHe squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from military hero to politician. ...
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How to Win an Argument: An
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All of us are faced countless times with the challenge of persuading others, whether we're trying to win a trivial argument with a friend or convince our coworkers about an important decision. Instead of relying on untrained instinct―and often floundering or failing a...
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How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom
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Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido, your health, and possibly your marbles too? Well, Cicero has some good news for you. In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the ...
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A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.

— Cicero

A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.

— Cicero

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

— Cicero

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.

— Cicero

Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.

— Cicero

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

— Cicero

Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

— Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

— Cicero

I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.

— Cicero

It is a brief period of life that is granted us by nature, but the memory of a well-spent life never dies.

— Cicero

Let your desires be ruled by reason.

— Cicero

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

— Cicero

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

— Cicero

No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject.

— Cicero

Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.

— Cicero

Peace is freedom in tranquillity.

— Cicero

Philosophy, rightly defined, is simply the love of wisdom.

— Cicero

Reason should direct and appetite obey.

— Cicero

The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.

— Cicero

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.

— Cicero

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.

— Cicero

There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.

— Cicero

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.

— Cicero

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

— Cicero

To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.

— Cicero

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.

— Cicero

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.

— Cicero

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?

— Cicero

While there’s life, there’s hope.

— Cicero