IdleHearts / Marcus Tullius Cicero
The more laws, the less justice.
We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.
We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?
What is permissible is not always honorable.
What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.
What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
Thrift is of great revenue.
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning.
To live is to think.
To some extent I liken slavery to death.
No obligation to do the impossible is binding.
No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.
No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.